What do GROWers bring to a Good Food Nation?

This blog was published in The Geographer, the newsletter of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Summer 2018 The Scottish government’s Good Food Nation bill came up briefly in the parliamentary debate on 25 January, with an update on its progress towards the government’s ambitions on Good Food. These are to build a statutory framework toContinue reading “What do GROWers bring to a Good Food Nation?”

Forget about designer handbags – designer weeds are the future

How resilient are we? The world is changing dramatically – not just politically but socially and environmentally too. Resilience to change is becoming increasingly important, especially in environmental terms. We need to build the resilience of our environment, and our ecosystems, so that we can cope with ongoing changes in climate. The thing is thatContinue reading “Forget about designer handbags – designer weeds are the future”

What is a national ecological network anyway?

There is  a lot of talk about natural capital and ecosystem services at the moment. One of the ways of protecting our capital and services is establishing a national ecological network. So what is that? A National Ecological Network (NEN) consists of robust and healthy ecosystems, capable of sustaining the full range of ecosystem servicesContinue reading “What is a national ecological network anyway?”

Seizing the future in Nepal’s rural villages

A short field trip in early November took me to Dhading District at the start of the Manaslu circuit. The Arughat valley is where many people start the Manaslu trek nowadays and this has not gone unnoticed by the people of Arughat. A new visitor centre is planned to open early in 2015 at ArughatContinue reading “Seizing the future in Nepal’s rural villages”

Life in a rural village in Rasuwa District

Gatlang, in Nepalese terms, is nowhere particularly special. It’s not in a National Park, although it is on the Tamang Heritage Trail, adjacent to Langtang National Park. To me, it was a window into another intriguing world. It is also stunningly beautiful. It all started when we met Pasang Tamang on the local bus toContinue reading “Life in a rural village in Rasuwa District”

Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal: unlocking the potential

Set up in 1998, the Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal was conceived just as the links between natural resource use and community development in Nepal were coming into focus. With its highly diverse flora and the diversity of its people, many of whom retain a strong reliance on native plants, the need for an ethnobotanical homeContinue reading “Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal: unlocking the potential”