Peter Thompson's talk to over 30 members via Zoom last Thursday (19 November) really cheered me up. Many local farmers both in the Nadder Valley and round Martin Down south of the Chalke Valley, have formed into 'clusters' to undertake wildlife, soil and water conservation initiatives on the 'landscape' scale necessary to make any significant impact. There are now at least 140 such clusters in England. A fuller account of this excellent talk - our first 'virtual' evening meeting (but more to come) - will follow.
But more encouragement meantime via Maggie Paul of Nadder Community Energy, who recommended the film, Kiss the Ground, 'Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, it's an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis.' There's also a book, for those without Netflix.
There's a complementary film, Living soil. made by the Soil Health Institute in the US, which is available on YouTube.
Woody Harrison who like me initially tended towards despair, concludes, ' I'm not giving up. So you shouldn't, either.'
The pages now display photos of fungi taken by members. This one by Andrew Carter - Trametes versicolour.
Please do not eat any of them.
If it's not me, Elizabeth Forbes, website editor (keen but ignorant), I'll say so.