Author Archive | milesking

PNN Annual Report 2018/19

One of the things about having Charitable Status is that the law requires all charities (or rather, strictly speaking, Charitable incorporated Organisations – which is the legal structure that PNN chose when it was founded) to produce an Annual Report and accounts. Some Charities just publish their accounts and a very brief summary (or even […]

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Farmland Tax report published

Farmland Tax Breaks revealed. Today People Need Nature publishes its latest report, investigating the tax system and how it affects farmland. “Where there’s muck there’s brass: revealing the billions hidden in farmland tax shelters” lays out the many, varied, and some frankly bizarre tax breaks available to farmers and landowners.  And we argue that these […]

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Some thoughts on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2019

Natural Capital debate cartoon by Rebecca Roberts @envirovisuals Last week’s 10th Oxford Real Farming Conference was bigger than ever, with over a thousand delegates attending – and nearly as many again, on the waiting list for returned tickets. The conference was spread over even more venues this year, to cater for the extra people, and […]

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Looking after farmers as well as the land : Guest blog by Heidi Saxby

I recently read a fascinating paper exploring how farmers gain personal benefits to their wellbeing, from taking part in projects which help wildlife on farms – in this case a project to help conserve rare cornfield wildflowers in North Yorkshire. I contacted the author Heidi Saxby, and this is a blog she has written on […]

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Wildflowers find a new home at the Eden Project

Being in nature is good for you. All the evidence is there, it improves physical health, it lifts your mood and your spirits. Recent research, over a very long timescale, shows that the brains of older people who spend more time in nature (specifically green spaces in towns and cities) stay healthier for longer. Age-related […]

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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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