Tree a Week: Maple

Characteristics and Interesting Facts Maple is the common name for any member of the genus Acer, a group of about 125 species of mostly deciduous trees and shrubs in the Northern Hemisphere. Most maples are native to Asia, but several species also occur in North America, northern Africa and Europe. Most species grow to 10 to 40 meters…

Which Tools for Autonomy?

I’ve come to realise over time that having the right tool for the right job makes a hell of a difference. It saves time and effort, prevents injuries and saves money in the long run. As a relative beginner to countryside living, I’ve been curious to know which power tools are essential, which ones are…

Tree a Week: Ash

Characteristics and Interesting facts The Common Ash of the Fraxinus excelsior genus is in the olive and lilac family, Oleaceae. There are around 65 species of medium to large trees, the majority are deciduous however there are a few evergreens and subtropical species. Ash dominates most of the British woodland, it’s the third most common tree in…

Tree a Week: Lime

This week, I learnt all about lime trees. Very tasty salad material but also can be used to make durable fabrics.

Tree a Week: Cherry Tree

Characteristics and Fun Facts The cherry tree is part of the Prunus and has over 400 species of flowering shrubs and trees in the rose family (Rosaceae) and can be deciduous or evergreen. Prunus trees and shrubs are categorized as stone fruits, known scientifically as drupes. These also include almond, nectarine, peach, plum and apricot trees. The cherry can grow from 4 to…

Tree a Week: Alder

One of the most useful trees in a forest garden context, fertilising the surrounding plants with minimum intervention.

How to Hack Evolutionary Biases

The more I delve into the mechanisms of health, the more I realise the importance of understanding how we have evolved to be. So much of the research seems to point towards the fact that a large proportion of our modern illnesses are a direct result of us moving further away from our evolutionary roots….

After Two Years of Living in a Van

The biggest change this year was my girlfriend Sally joining me recently on the journey. It required further minimisation, few tweaks to the layout and purchase of a double mattress but we’ve somehow managed to squeeze two people’s belongings in a space designed for one. We’re able to get changed, cook, slide past each other,…