Rewilding

TreeThinker aims to create a rich, permaculture farm, part of this involves the rewilding of a five acres of previous pasture land, in order to encourage and support local wildlife.

Rewilding is a conservation process which helps nature to take its course by allowing spaces to develop naturally, whilst providing connectivity with related ecosystems and encouraging biodiversity. The process helps to revive the countryside and restore degraded eco-systems, it enables the self-regulating systems which developed over millennia to restore the natural balance. By taking a step back in certain parts of the countryside, damaged landscapes can repair and soil can recover from modern farming practices which remove nutrients and reduce biodiversity. The process allows ground cover to grow, maintaining nutrients whilst binding the soil and protecting it from the affects of flooding. At the same time, the growth acts to store carbon and produce oxygen, helping the environment as a whole.

European wildlife species diversity is steadily declining due to habitat destruction, pesticides and over exploitation of resources. Our wildlife, much of which may seem mundane now, is at risk. Some of this wildlife has critical ecological roles to play, rewilding helps to protect these, restore lost species and encourages declining species to thrive.

TreeThinker joins the Landworkers’ Alliance

TreeThinker has joined the Landworkers’ Alliance – A grassroots union representing farmers, growers and land based workers. We are proud to be part of this fantastic organisation which is providing small scale producers a voice on the future of agriculture in the UK.

In joining, TreeThinker has signed up to the principles of the Landworker’s alliance, which are:

“We stand for a food system based on the principles of food sovereignty where everybody has access to healthy, regionally produced, affordable food from farmers they can trust.

We stand for a food system that protects the well-being of people here and around the world, the health of the environment and the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.

We want to see power put back in the hands of producers and local communities rather than supermarkets and industrial processors.

We believe that farmers and communities must be at the heart of decision-making and have a strong voice in agricultural policy making.”

 

To find out more visit https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/

Scything

Scything is a traditional way of mowing grass or reaping crops using a scythe – a sharp steel blade at right angles to a long handle.

TreeThinker Scythe - Advantages of scything

Advantages:

Traditional – Scything has been in use in agricultural practices for more than 1200 years, and it’s seeing something of a resurgence of late.

Encourages wildlife – Wildlife has much more of chance to get out of the way, compared to alternatives, and the soil and vegetation aren’t compacted like with commercial mowing.

Low impact – It does not require fossil fuels and reduces the need for selective herbicides. It’s also quieter for the user and has no exhaust fumes.

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Versatile – Scything can be used for a wide variety of tasks, big or small, and with different types of vegetation.

Workout – It’s also a great way to workout; especially for the chest, legs and abdominal muscles.

 

 

Using a scythe, one person can scythe up to an acre a day, and it’s a great way to ensure a thorough connection with the land by experiencing it closely.