Author Archive | milesking

Smartphone Technology and Nature Connection

This was just published on Miles Richardson’s Finding Nature blog. Miles has given permission for it to be reproduced here. The UK is a ‘smartphone society’ with 68% of adults owning a smartphone. Excessive use can give rise to social, behavioural and affective problems – 10% of British adolescents have been reported to exhibit problematic […]

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Loss of Sheffield trees is more than just a bit of greenery gone: guest blog by Jane Wilkinson

Many people have heard about the “battle” to prevent a Local Authority contractor cutting down some of Sheffield’s trees as part of a road maintenance contract.  National newspapers, charities,  celebrities, and local protesters have all decried the loss of the trees; as well as the tactics of the contractors, security staff and, lately, the police […]

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Where now for UK agriculture?

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has created a huge set of risks and threats, but also some opportunities. One opportunity is to change the course of farming policy and practice. For 40 years the UK was subject to rules on how farmers were paid – rules decided in Brussels (though greatly influenced […]

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The second People Need Nature/Young Poets Network poetry challenge, on “Namedropping”. Winners announced.

The Poetry Society’s platform for young poetry-lovers, Young Poets Network, and charity People Need Nature have teamed up for the second year running to challenge young writers to explore their relationship with nature. The free-to-enter challenge received over 100 impressive entries from poets aged 8 to 25 from countries as far afield as Canada, New […]

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Guest Blog: Soil Association response to 25 Year Environment Plan

  A guest blog today from Laura MacKenzie, Head of Policy (farming and land-use) at the Soil Association.   Soil at heart of 25 year environment plan Last week, the Prime Minister gave her first major speech on the environment, marking the publication of the long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan. Soil Association chief executive Helen […]

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The Government’s new 25 Year Environment Plan: Needs More herbage, less verbiage.

People Need Nature CEO Miles King writes about the Government’s new 25 Year Environment Plan: “Michael Gove – the most energetic and intellectual Environment Secretary we have had for many years – has been busy. Fresh from his performances at the two big annual farming conferences of the year (which I will write about next […]

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Winter Solstice

Today – at 428pm precisely is the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – last night was the longest night so we can officially celebrate the night’s getting shorter again. Why does this matter though, in this era of instant communication and perpetual electric light? It matters […]

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