Poacher’s Cottage

BY NIGEL BEAN The end-of-terrace cottage with its well-manicured garden and side driveway, affectionately so-named by those that grew up in the village with the local poacher’s stories and antics. Although I would never say he was an outright poacher, more an opportunist. Mr Rolfe was his name, but the kids knew him as ‘Punch’ with his blood shot eyes and his dog called ‘Sparky’. … Continue reading Poacher’s Cottage

Boris, Look Again at Trespass

CSM EDITORIAL We have all trespassed. Whether intentionally or unintentionally we’ve been on land we should not have been on. Perhaps we were exploring an old ruin or retrieving a ball. Maybe our map-reading skills got us lost or we saw a pretty stream we wanted to take a photograph of. Innocent enough? Perhaps trespassing shouldn’t be near the top of Boris’ or George Eustice’s … Continue reading Boris, Look Again at Trespass

Conservatives Must Reclaim Green

BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND I like many have made the long and tortuous journey from the Left of politics to the Right. As such, I feel afforded a viewpoint whereby the machinations of organised politics have never really fitted in anywhere along the linear spectrum at any given time. Now, in my mid-fifties, I find myself scratching my head over the notion of just how and … Continue reading Conservatives Must Reclaim Green

Poachers’ Paradise

BY NICK PEARCE Parts of rural Britain have become a ‘poachers’ paradise’ because of reductions in police manpower, according to Bridgwater and West Somerset’s MP, the Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger. Liddell-Grainger claims that a cynical disregard of rural crime by police forces has exposed livestock farmers to huge and unsustainable losses. Now, he says, the Government must prioritise the countryside as it implements its pledge to … Continue reading Poachers’ Paradise

Fly Tipping Solutions Do Exist

BY NICK PEARCE Fly Tipping is out of control. Cases are spiralling and the clean-up is getting ever more expensive. The stats do not lie: Since 2012, the number of incidents of white goods being abandoned in rural England has increased from 3,928 to 12,319. The incidents of illegal rubbish dumping in the countryside as a whole rose from 888 to 1,473 in the same … Continue reading Fly Tipping Solutions Do Exist

Farmers, New Enemy of Loons

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE How can one reconcile the two seemingly opposing ideologies of deindustrialisation and a want for endless housing? The answer: when the former is merely a means to bring about the latter. It’s no secret that climate change activism often acts as a front for hard-line socialism; indeed, the Extinction Rebellion protests held in London were marred by blood red demands to ‘bring … Continue reading Farmers, New Enemy of Loons