Harvest – Will You Mark It With Celebration Or Lament? – Dr David W. Golding CBE

I was disappointed, indeed, dismayed, by a programme for Harvest on BBC, not long ago. It abounded in expressions of joy and gratitude, such as: “Come, ye joyful people, come,  Raise the song of harvest-home! All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin, etc.” (Henry Alford, 1810-1871) And …

Hannah Gray reviews “The Forest Underground” by Tony Rinaudo

I read ‘The Forest Underground’ whilst on holiday in France during a heatwave, though the temperatures didn’t approach the baking heat of the Sahel, where this book is set.   The content is half autobiography and half commentary on a specific approach to environmental restoration. It is a pleasure to read, …

URBAN JUNGLE- Wilding the City by Ben Wilson (Vintage Books, 2023)

Review by Martin Hodson I began reading Urban Jungle while on a research visit to my archaeological collaborators in Brussels. Their work has shown that in the Middle Ages in the centre of Brussels the people were growing cereals. Moreover there was a large river flowing through the centre which …