The greatest reward of touring the countryside with microphone in pocket and pen behind ear, is the opportunity for new experiences. Badger Faced Sheep. A name that conjures copious images, but none as pretty as the sheep themselves. I’ve spent a considerable part of my life surrounded by sheep, certainly long enough to get to […]

One thing is assured, the life of a reporter is always varied, maybe more so when you ply your trade where there’s fewer people and far more sheep… North Yorkshire is a charmed land; through man’s boundaries the county encapsulates two National Parks and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. My week started in one of them, […]

On Wednesday night I had the privilege of addressing the members of the 2016 Oxford Farming Conference during the annual debate held in the historic Oxford Union building. The motion before the house was “Agriculture is an Equal Opportunities Industry” and I was invited to argue against the proposal. For those of you who weren’t […]

I was incredibly honoured and humbled to be awarded the Yorkshire Award for the Countryside at this year’s Yorkshire Awards ceremony in Leeds. The category is sponsored by the Dalesman Magazine and recognises people who have made a positive contribution to the rural scene in Yorkshire. Last year’s winner for example, was Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess. […]

Farming: noun – The activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock Has the time come to rename the industry? It’s a simple concept, the act of growing food, but it’s an activity that engages fewer and fewer people. As we move into urban areas, pursue employment in tertiary and service industries, we’re leaving […]

I don’t want to say it too loudly, but we’re doing pretty well for a British summer (any second now the heavens will open…). There’s no better way to celebrate sunshine with a rummage in the garage for the old weathered outdoor lanterns, some good booze, great company and a BBQ. Go Posh! You can […]

You can’t help but love village life. Chatting over the fence, or a brief gossip whilst walking the dog, there’s a degree of importance placed on spending time with one’s neighbour.   This relationship strengthens during the summer. Excess vegetables, or eggs from prosperous chickens, are shared and you can rest assured during autumn, a […]