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The New Naturalist

It is sixty years since the iconic New Naturalist series began to be published by Collins, and yesterday a long piece by Richard Mabey was published to celebrate it. Over a hundred titles have now appeared in the series, and they are a vital source and inspiration for us about our natural environment, living up to their original mission to provide a "high standard of accuracy combined with clarity of…See More
Mar 15, 2009
BradScott commented on BradScott's blog post Green Streets
"I've emailed to register an interest so will get fuller information when the application process is open."
Mar 14, 2009
Rowena commented on BradScott's blog post Green Streets
"Yes, I remember seeing this last year - certainly worth us registering an interest. Can you do as you are a Parish Councillor - perhaps you would mention at a PC meeting. Would certainly need to have everyone on board but is potentially very…"
Mar 13, 2009
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Green Streets

Interesting item in today's Guardian about the importance of energy efficiency in the broader picture of climate change. It cites a project last year, funded by British Gas, called Green Streets which was an attempt to reduce energy usage in some streets in a number of cities with a £50,000 prize to spend on a community project. A street in Leeds won, with an average energy saving of 35 per cent.Now the…See More
Mar 13, 2009
BradScott replied to Laurence Green's discussion A Name For Our Energy Descent Action Pathway
"Structurally, probably needs a title and (more descriptive, prosaic) subtitle, so could combine the suggestions to something like: Power to the Future: What might Forest Row be like in 2025?"
Mar 11, 2009
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Social and community networks online

Just reading a short article in New Scientist on "How social networking might change the world", which also referred to the Terra future conference that took place in London last week.I haven't looked see if any of the conference papers are on the web yet, but it had themes relating to sustainability, climate change and transport, and…See More
Mar 9, 2009
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Gates, woods and mud

I managed a lovely walk in the middle of the day today, largely continuing and extending the one I did last October. I'd also been leafing through The Ashdown Forest Dispute again and it reminded me about the extent to which the Forest was populated and used by the tenants who lived on its fringes.Leaving the…See More
Mar 4, 2009
BradScott commented on BradScott's blog post Extinctions in Forest Row
"Hi Graham, good to hear from you and glad to see you're moving to FRow. Let's meet up when you're here. I run Forest Row Film Society, and am keen to use that as a forum for films by and about our locality, as well as the world cinema…"
Feb 24, 2009

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Backyard biology

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:00 0 Comments

Becoming aware of the diversity of life on our doorsteps is another side to our developing understanding of where we live and our interdependence. Wildlife isn’t just something that exists in far-away places that we watch on TV. There is an astonishing variety of life in our gardens alone, and it is much more complex and diverse than we might imagine.

Over the weekend of 1-2 June, there is a national wildlife…


Exploring an Ancient Woodland: Home Wood

Posted on May 29, 2010 at 13:41 2 Comments

The United Nations has made 2010 the Year of Biodiversity. This isn't something that is just relevant to the Amazon or other exotic species-rich habitats around the world, its significance is all around us.

One day last week, looking at the plants and animals of Forest Row wasn't on my mind. My intention was to do a long walk to the north of the civil parish of Forest Row and get to the Surrey and Kent borders. However, it didn't quite… Continue

Fern with fronds

Posted on June 17, 2009 at 23:36 0 Comments

I needed to get away from my computer and enjoy the small differences between things. What better thing to do than go and look at ferns in Highams wood? This is one of my favourite spots in the civil parish of Forest Row ever since I found the coppiced sweet chestnuts in a sea of bluebells last year. So, armed with Roger Phillips' splendid… Continue

Apples and pears. And plums and cherries

Posted on June 14, 2009 at 15:35 1 Comment

How old can apple trees be? Following up on my last post and the note about the PTES orchard survey project, I was at the NGS open day at Kidbrooke yesterday. While I was there I looked at the walled garden and its fruit trees in a bit more detail and then compared… Continue

Our locality, its biodiversity and doing our bit

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 16:30 3 Comments

Now that everything has come to life, the landscape around us is buzzing. Driving over the forest the other day I stopped at Four Counties car park and had a short walk and enjoyed the amazing view across to the North and South Downs. The light was gorgeous so I was fairly pleased with the picture looking north-west:

Ashdown Forest

Stepping through all… Continue

Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 21:08 on May 15, 2008, Mike Grenville said…
is that the size of alloment Councillors get? I have made a start on mine and pulled up a huge pile of thistles
At 19:30 on June 3, 2008, Mike Grenville said…
Did you leave your saw behind at Emerson on Sunday?

Kira has it if it was you:
At 23:01 on June 16, 2008, Rowena said…
when I follow the festival link I go through to 2007... is there a 2008 page yet?
At 11:38 on June 23, 2008, Charlene Collison said…
Thanks Brad! It looked like a fantastic day, I would have liked to do all the things they did...

thanks in advance for photos. Charlene
At 11:39 on June 23, 2008, Charlene Collison said…
sorry I forgot...
At 16:30 on June 26, 2008, Flora Smith said…
Brad - go to and in the search box write Forest Row. Look at the first ones. These negatives have just been turfed up in our collection. Good bit of Forest Row history!
At 9:04 on July 22, 2008, Stuart Goodwin said…
Hi Brad. Moving to FR in next month or so. I'd like to know more about the Festival and to offer help and resources: I have a couple of yurts that could be useful and a van that is suitable for a mobile office. I have some past experience in events and could offer some time to help. What say? Regards Stuart
At 23:50 on July 28, 2008, Rowena said…
I've just found this gentle but clever little film - A World without Jam.. made by the WI.... have you seen it? May be helpful in a visioning type event with others....? Something to show during the film festival?....worth watching to the end of part 2 ! ;-)

PS - when saving potatoes to chit next year I have my ones that went green, does it matter if they are small or is there a size below which it is not worth planting them?
At 14:36 on February 3, 2009, Tonya Stewart said…
Hello Brad

David Jonas suggested I leave a comment on your page. Myself and husband Graham are moving to Forest Row area at the end of the month (February) (from Godalming, also a transition town, though more recently than Forest Row).

I am keen to find work in the area and David thought you might be a good person to contact (he said you worked in internet publishing in Brighton).

My background is in magazine editing, journalism and, to a limited extent, public relations. I am very keen to find a suitable position and wondered if you might have any ideas or contacts in an appropriate area. Very grateful for any tips you are able to give, as very new to the area!

Very best wishes, Tonya Stewart
0791 900 6845

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