Monthly Archives: March 2020

ELMS Update

..Species rich grassland at Sissinghurst: a good carbon sink (Matt Jackson)

There is much speculation regarding how the forthcoming Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) will benefit farmers as EU basic farm payments are withdrawn.  Many farmers see ELMS as being a simple extension of the existing Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CS) but politicians are asking why should the Government give £3 billion each year to Agriculture in the first place?  Surely farmers need to justify and prove this level of benefit to society. Continue reading

Restoring Drake’s Island

The mystery of Drakes Island has captivated many of us in recent decades, as it sits silent, isolated and locked away to all.  At the heart of Plymouth Sound, it is a key feature within the landscape, and seen from the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall, much of Plymouth and around to Wembury Point; it can even be seen from Dartmoor.

In 1135 it was referred to as St. Michaels after the chapel that stood upon it, rededicated to become St. Nicolas’ at some time after.  The Island kept this name until the early 20th century, when it adopted the name of Sir Francis Drake.  He had been made governor of the island in 1583, not long after its first fortifications in 1549, and it is from then that the island started a long and unbroken military history.

..1725 map of the island

Drake’s Island is a scheduled monument and considered of high heritage significance Continue reading