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A little more conversation, a little less broadcast please

How to take public consultation beyond the tick box                                                                           The content of this article will not be for everyone. There are still those who believe that the development process, whether for a new hotel or a whole village, should be done with as little consultation with the local community as possible. This […]

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When you just can’t find the answer

    Much to the bewilderment of my children, and admittedly some of my friends too, I have decided this Autumn, to continue a habit that really took hold over lock down – sea swimming.   I’m not doing this in response to the news that cold water swimming might help ward off dementia, although […]

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Know your place

    We’ve all felt it. That shame-tinged feeling that comes with being made to feel we have stepped beyond an imaginary line. Out of our box. I have seen this tactic used by politicians to avoid answering a question, by teachers looking to control a child, by parents fed up of being challenged by […]

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Growth is good. Right?

Until a few days ago, swarming was an adjective I had only ever heard applied to flying insects. It would appear however it can also be applied to vehicles. In central London last week a series of organised swarming events took place. Deployed by a diverse and growing collective of activists, driven by a lack of inaction by the powers that be to speak up for the planet.

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Can we truly turn the tide?

    The same week we hear that the UK Government is seeking views on proposals to ban plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds we also hear that for the first time micro plastics, that are so prolific in the environment, have been found in humans.   It’s hardly a surprise. These miniscule particles of […]

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“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last…” The words of Vivienne Westwood

    As a teenager in Cornwall in the late 80’s/early noughties it’s not an understatement to say that the high street fashion offering was limited. Tammy Girl, Dorothy Perkins, that was pretty much it. With every teenage girl purchasing from the same very small pool, it was nigh impossible not to see someone wearing […]

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Our virtual experience of the natural world

This morning I awoke from a dream with the image of a clutch of blue green speckled birds eggs snuggled in a well-woven nest, fresh in my mind. I was, right at that moment, the 8 year old me. The sense of wonder that comes with seeing such a thing so real that I held onto it tightly as I dozed.

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