The ancient craft of hedgelaying

Exploring the ancient craft of hedgelaying by Daniel Butler, author of 'How to Plant a Tree'.


Hedges have been described as quintessentially British frames for the landscape. Look at any picture postcard of a rural idyll and you will see a backdrop of rolling fields divided by a lattice…

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Foraging for Wild Food

Food for Free: How to fill your larder from foraging, by Daniel Butler.


When the first humans arrived in Britain some 7,000 years ago they were hunter-gatherers. For the next four millennia our ancestors lived almost entirely on the natural produce of our woods, pastures, rivers…

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Self-sufficiency, by Daniel Butler

Daniel Butler, author of Urban Dreams, Rural Realities, provides a brief insight into self-sufficiency in Wales.


There is an intrinsic romance about farming. Perhaps it’s a long-lost urge to follow in the footsteps of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, but most people love the idea of producing their own food. This…

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Hunting for Prawns, by Rob Yorke

Rob Yorke's summer expedition to the beach with a secret weapon and harvest to die for.


When hunting prawns, you’re never alone. Herons, sandpipers, various gulls, and even crows all wait for low tide. That’s when the seashore offers up its goods and while the birds may have their…

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Mountain Bothies

Rob Yorke's first discovery of a Mountain Bothies Association bothy in Wales.


“Bothy” – a humble cottage or hut. A one roomed hut or temporary dwelling. (Chambers Dictionary). The thrill of a night on the hill can never be underestimated. Even when not taken in…

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