In January 2010 Forest Row became a winter playground. Sledges, skis and snow sculptures appeared as schools closed and children took an extra holiday. This four minute film consists of a photo slide show with some video of many of the wonderful snow men, ladies, cats, dogs, cars, a train and igloos that were created in the snow. Even though I walked around the whole village I probably missed many of the snow creations, especially those built in the back gardens. The beautiful lyre music comes… Continue
Added by Michael Taylor on January 14, 2010 at 15:42 —
I caught this programme today and found it fascinating - I had never heard of algae being incorporated into the fabric of a house before!
Added by Rowena on November 19, 2009 at 22:39 —
You've eaten roasted chestnuts. Now try the soup! Learn how with this fun video. All ingredients local, seasonal and delicious! Watch the two minute youtube video Make a Chestnut Soup
Added by Michael Taylor on October 20, 2009 at 16:33 —
I've been forwarded this info:
We have recently rescued some free range, organic chickens which were doomed to be slaughtered as supermarkets will not buy eggs laid by hens over a year old. If you can offer any of these hens a home then we £2 per bird (non-profit) .
These are healthy birds, which will still lay as many, if not more, eggs than ornamental hens!
If you can offer them a good home then we will help with transporting the hens to… Continue
Added by Mike Grenville on October 17, 2009 at 15:30 —
I come from Gloucestershire, but have friends near East Grinsted who are building themselves a new house. I have been trying to get them to make it carbon neutral, but their mind is preoccupied by making it look neoGeorgian. Are there any owners of sustainably-built housing near Forest Row who might be willing to give them a tour of their houses? It really would be dire if they went ahead and built a totally conventional house without considering the alternatives. Martin
Added by Martin Davis on September 30, 2009 at 12:40 —
Hello, I thought you might be interested in my one minute film about making a skipping rope from Forest Row sweet chestnut catkins. Can you guess where it was taken? It is on the video page of this web-site but the quality doesn't seem great. A better version can be found using the following link:
Michael TaylorMake a Skipping Rope from Chestnut Catkins
Added by Michael Taylor on July 18, 2009 at 7:00 —
Take a look at this very special edition. It has some great headlines, including:
'Sarkozy: Nuclear is dead',
'Heads of state agree historic climate-saving deal',
'Atmosphere named World Heritage Site'.
Added by Mike Grenville on June 18, 2009 at 18:00 —
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
Added by BradScott on June 17, 2009 at 23:36 —
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
Added by BradScott on June 14, 2009 at 15:35 —
Added by Graham Stewart on June 7, 2009 at 14:42 —
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:
Stepping through all… Continue
Added by BradScott on June 4, 2009 at 16:30 —
Intrigued by the term "unconference" that I read in a geeky article the other day, I've been reading more about processes and techniques for participatory action, sharing of information, and planning for the future. I suspect that we've all been to events that utilised some of these techniques, but I was amazed at the range of ideas people have had for having and sharing ideas, so this might initiate some thoughts locally about ways in which we can plan and facilitate events. It also has some… Continue
Added by BradScott on June 3, 2009 at 10:39 —
I was in London yesterday at a conference about the future or organisational design for international companies. The thought leaders in this area are looking at internet software tools that allow people to share information openly and through their informal networks, thus allowing for people to find what they are looking for much more quickly.
They also talked about how eventually search engines will find you, rather that you having to search for things.
I also met a guy… Continue
Added by Graham Stewart on May 15, 2009 at 13:04 —
This is a question that I have asked myself wherever I live. It brings up many interesting answers. It also invites me to ask people in the community how I can best serve it or rather, them.
As I am new to this site and this village (even though I am physically living just outside Forest Row, my head and heart are most definitely in it and our intention is to move in when the time is right), I thought I would write down some of my thoughts to give you a better idea of where I am… Continue
Added by Graham Stewart on May 8, 2009 at 9:06 —
The transition network news says that Forest Row has published their EDAP. I should like to see it but your web site merely says it will be published in the spring. Please could you tell me where to find it?
Added by Tony Sumner on May 4, 2009 at 19:03 —
Not exactly about Forest Row, but the lovely pictures on the Guardian
site of marine wildlife off British shores
appealed to me, being another reminder of the wondrous biodiversity around us. We went down to the beach at Cuckmere Haven on Sunday; it is one of my favourite habitats in Sussex and I always enjoy nosing in the rockpools and exploring the flora and fauna in the valley. The… Continue
Added by BradScott on April 8, 2009 at 10:30 —
Another walk up towards the north of the parish yesterday, the goal of which was the Roman iron work site at Cansiron. Walking up the bridleway part of Cansiron Lane there is a small bit of ancient woodland on the left, called Shipyard Pett. Pett is an Old English-derived word for pit, but I'm puzzled about the shipyard connection, unless it is a corruption of something else. We're not exactly close to the sea, especially if one is trying to transport stuff.…
Added by BradScott on March 22, 2009 at 16:00 —
Last year we finally got around to building a natural swimming pond -literally that, the water is cleaned by the plants within, wildlife is encouraged (except fish and birds - they have to enjoy the adjacent
fish pond!). As it was only completed last September, we have only swum in it the once, though the children did try last weekend but it was rather cold.... but it is just wonderful.
This week in the sunshine I counted 26 frogs/ toads in the bottom of the deeper swimming area… Continue
Added by Rowena on March 21, 2009 at 21:48 —
A planning application to Wealden Council to upgrade the mobile phone mast at the Fire Station to 3rd generation technology, 3G has been submitted. This will result in an increase in radiation waves around us all (whether you have a mobile or not) affecting not only us, but our children, the elderly, pregnant mums, our animals at Tablehurst and as research is pointing to our Beees. Increased radition waves could be a contributor to Colony Collapse Disorder.
We all need to be aware, inform… Continue
Added by Michael Cassels on March 17, 2009 at 1:12 —
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… Continue
Added by BradScott on March 15, 2009 at 10:09 —