‘Almond blossom’ cookies belong to the collection of great European pastries (Lebkuchen and Tarta de Santiago are among my favourites, too) that are gluten free and utterly delicious. Based on almonds, they have Arab background, […]
For a change, something really positive here… We are the business of inspiring young people to be curious and ask quesitons, to get into nature and experience the small and big wonders of it, to […]
Mainstream media often miss the point when it comes to sustainability. Canned air from mountain locations has wider implications than being a fad for the easily conned rich.
In 2008, the Environment Agency wrote “Abandoned mines are one of the most significant pollution threats in Britain” (EA, 2008). This pollution threat to fresh, ground and coastal waters arises from thousands of discharges of mine waters […]
‘Poldark‘, the popular BBC series uses the Cornish mining legacy as a backdrop and you might have come across its relics on a coastal walk or moorland walk. Neither the picturesque views of landscape and sea, […]
Following on from writing about mining waste as a challenging habitat for plants (see ‘First Arrivals‘), I want to provide you with the means to make sense of the contamination present in the historic metal mining […]
If epiphytes were people, we would call them clever strategists. I guess this holds true for any organism that manages to occupy a hostile corner, but I am fascinated by life forms that grow on toxic […]
What makes plants thrive? The obvious answer is light, water and ‘good soil’. Light is not likely to be a limiting factor on most mine sites, as there is little growing that could provide too […]