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Last week I passed a local cemetery and spotted some white mushrooms in the grasslands, on closer inspection I could see these were a white species of waxcap. Waxcaps are rare mushrooms which are largely dependent on ancient grasslands or those which are stable, i.e. not regularly ploughed up or disturbed.

#FungiFriday: a grave situation — Daniel Greenwood

Christmas at Winterbourne Margaret Nettlefold’s household diary provides fascinating insights into middle class life in late-Victorian and early-Edwardian England.  She clearly gave careful thought to Christmas presents and cards, and listed everything in the diary.For example in 1904, Margaret gave a camera (referred to as a ‘Kodak’) to her husband John, a shell cabinet to…

What did the Nettlefolds do for Christmas? — Winterbourne House and Garden

I’m very pleased to feature this week a guest post by Paul Wood. Paul is the author of three books about trees in London: London’s Street Trees, London is a Forest and London Tree Walks, and he writes the blog thestreettree.com. London Tree Walks, published in October 2020, features a dozen walks around London from […]

Great estates: the changing role of trees in the municipal housing landscape — Municipal Dreams

This autumn a collaborative conservation effort began at Robin Hood’s Bay to restore the cliff slope grassland there. It will be followed up with a programme of enhancement management to maintain this important habitat and its species. You can read about it on the excellent Connecting for Nature Blog.

Collaborative approaches — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! At Jekka’s this also means it’s time to bring your herbs into the kitchen and use them to profusion. If herbs are the ‘high notes in the orchestra as the conductor makes the music swirl around the auditorium’, then at Christmas they are the “choir that…

Jekka’s Favourite 12 Herbs for Christmas — Jekka’s – Jekka’s Blogs “All About Herbs”

Here we are, Noah and I, starting out on one of our early morning fishing adventures. We make a beeline to a spot that still has a new feeling to it. Down the steep wooded bank we scuffle brushing branches aside to reach the water’s edge. It is still, quiet, and the summer sun is […]

A Chance Encounter — PlayGroundology

I’m delighted to feature the second of two new posts by Steven Robb. Steven also contributed an earlier post providing an overview of Edinburgh’s council housing from 1890 to 1945. He is Deputy Head of Casework for Historic Environment Scotland.  With qualifications in building surveying and urban conservation, he has a particular interest in early […]

Edinburgh’s 1919 Act Housing, Part II: ‘Healthy Houses for the People is the Best Public Health Insurance’ — Municipal Dreams

The Science of Sustainability The post The Science of Sustainability appeared first on Specifier Review – Architecture – Design – Innovation Kirsty Hammond Continue reading The Science of Sustainability at Specifier Review.

The Science of Sustainability — Specifier Review

In July 2019 I was proud to be on the team that organized a loose parts event on the Halifax Common that attracted 200+ kids on a perfect summer’s day. Dr. Michelle Stone of Dalhousie University, with support from The Lawson Foundation, led the Summer of PLEY project including this loose parts pop-up. She invited […]

Never Gets Old — PlayGroundology

This year was always going to be interesting for the Collections Department of Norfolk Museum Service, with a major transformation of Norwich Castle set to begin, but nobody could have predicted how different this year truly has been! Following another excellent round of applications, we were joined earlier this year by not one but two […]

Say Hello to the 2020 Collections Trainees — Shine A Light
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