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Plot at Old Hall with Barley crops just beginning to germinate
April 10, 2021

Many people who want to grow their own food start with herbs, and then vegetables and fruit. Some are ambitious and keep animals for meat and milk. But an enormous part of our diet is made up of cereals – grains such as wheat and oats – virtually all of…

Head shot of Lincoln Longwool Sheep
April 3, 2021

Not everyone eats meat but only vegans don’t wear wool. That leaves the vegan a choice of cotton, linen, and fossil fuel based textiles for their fashion choices. Even silk is out. If one was to source their textiles from within thirty miles of the Stour Valley in order to…

Helleborus Orientalis in bloom.
March 20, 2021

The remaining pools of flood water on the water meadows are slowly disappearing but are still attracting large flocks of seagulls, Canada and Greylag geese amongst others, to the area. It is a joy to observe the abundance of wildlife in the valley. Of particular note was the sighting for…

A Place and Time For Everything flyer image
March 13, 2021

A Place, and Time for Everything CAMP Radio (Quarterly) In 2020 Stuart Bowditch was invited to contribute a regular show to CAMP Radio, an internet radio station run by CAMP FR from their base in the French Pyrenees mountains. His previous shows/DJ residencies were music based so he thought it…

A crop of early organic carrots at Old Hall
March 4, 2021

There is a common myth that carrots are good for your eyesight and in particular for night vision. Indeed the RAF pilots were persuaded to eat copious amounts of carrots every day during the early years of the Second World War as were all service personnel. The myth was created,…

A bend in the River Stour in the snowy landscape
February 25, 2021

The river continues to run at a high level with a few days of flooding following a spell of rain. Even relatively small amounts of rainfall propel the river level upwards. Pools of floodwater linger, reluctant to drain away, on the water meadows. The bomb crater, within the water meadow,…

January 29, 2021

  There are indications that the autumnal signs in nature of a harsh winter to come might be born out with the current cold spell we are experiencing. I am writing on the 8th January so perhaps by the time you read this it will be milder again! The frost…

July 30, 2020

We are pleased to announce a joint River Stour Festival and Quay Theatre event. This will be a live-streaming event of The Oak Papers by Dr James Canton of Essex University on Wednesday 9th September at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury at 7pm. This will be a conversation about the book with questions…

July 12, 2020

This blog post comes from SB with her observations of the flora and fauna in her garden on the banks of the River Stour. Lockdown brought an added peace to the river and its wildlife; with restrictions now easing the river again is attracting human visitors.  With the slight easing…

July 9, 2020

 This week has seen England’s first extension to an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in nearly 30 years . The Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB has been expanded by about 38 sq km (14.6 sq miles) – almost a tenth of its size – to include the Stour Estuary,…