Category Archives: general

Harvesting, hard work, happiness and a shrinking waistline

A few people have commented recently that I’ve lost weight since working on The Oak Tree. Jumping on the scales for the first time in ages, it turns out they are quite right, I’ve lost a stone this year. No … Continue reading

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Meeting with Ben Gummer, my local MP

I had a very constructive meeting with my local MP last week about The Oak Tree, raising issues I’ve mentioned before here about planning permission and grants. I’m looking forward to hearing back from him, certainly he didn’t sound too … Continue reading

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Election time

I’ve just had a politician on my doorstep. It reminded me of my emails I wrote a few weeks back to the (shadow) Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs concerning obstacles I’ve encountered at The Oak Tree … Continue reading

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The Oak Tree on The Guardian Website

For readers who haven’t come to this blog via the Guardian website, you may be interested to take a look at my posts on their Gardening blog.

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Simple Living in Suffolk

My partner, Richard, has started a blog Simple Living in Suffolk about the changes he is bringing about in his life. He is the quiet force behind The Oak Tree, helping me to build all sorts of infrastructure on the … Continue reading

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A Useful Book

I’ve read countless books on growing and smallholding over the years, and just this weekend I have read a book that couldn’t have been more timely for me. Surviving and Thriving on the Land by Rebecca Laughton is pretty well … Continue reading

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Very first signs of new growth

As the snow melts, there is an amazing amount of greenery left looking healthy and vigorous, including young leaves of the edible hedgerow greens, Alexanders. Apparently the Romans brought them to the UK as a pot herb, personally I’m not … Continue reading

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A New Year at The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm

While the snow looks wonderfully peaceful on the land at the moment, I am busy making preparations for the first growing season, as well as cutting down dead trees to make space for planting new bare rooted trees in the … Continue reading

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