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Controlled Burning in The New Forest

Annual controlled burning across the New Forest can look alarming but the process has real benefits for the Forest environment and the area will quickly recover. The practice is still widely used in spring time, particularly on grouse moors in northern England, to promote the regeneration of fresh young growth. It also has the additional benefit of reducing ticks and the risk of Lymes Disease.

Radcliffe on Soar Power Station.

The cooling towers of Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station will be a familiar site to anyone travelling on the M1 near to Nottingham. Built in the 1960’s, the station by 1981 was burning 5.5 million tons of coal a year, consuming 65% of the output of South Nottinghamshire’s coal mines. The site has been the scene of many protests by environmental activists, drawing attention to the stations enormous emissions of sulphur dioxide and green house gases.

With the UK government pledging to stop all coal fired power stations from operating by 2025 the use of coal power for generating electricity has collapsed. Ratcliffe-on-Soar as one of Britains last coal fired power stations was closed late in 2019 with potential plans to convert the site to nuclear power.

Corner 53 Gin

The Corner Fifty is small distillery crafting ‘new age gins’. Set up in 2017 by ex bartender Thomas Rudman in a shed in his parents back garden in the South Downs.

Grape Harvest at Trotton Estate Vineyard

Over the last decade, the production of English wines has has risen sharply. The County of West Sussex is at the heart of this revolution partly due to the ‘green sand ‘ soil and its favourable south facing slopes. My knowledge of wine is limited to the consumption stage but one man who has a […]

Abandoned Cars

“A fixture now amongst the trees
Fighting a rusting disease
Fauna; thick ,as high as your knees
Rats established wherever they please
Detritus debris fueling irritability
Tyres collapsed, pressure fatigue.”

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Wickham Horse Fair

The annual Wickham horse fair takes place on May 20th since a royal charter was granted for a livestock fair on the square in 1269. Still steeped in history and tradition, the centre of the village is closed to traffic as horses are paraded and traded. A bizarre spectacle as this Hampshire village is temporally transformed with horses crammed into the streets, tethered to any available fixed object.

Matthew Herbert for Q Magazine

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Avant garde musical pioneer Matthew Herbert is a musician, composer and producer working predominately in the field of electronic music. In this feature Matthew discusses the making of “The State Between Us”, a Brexit album contemplating what it means to be British in 2018

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‘The Breakfast Club’ for Waitrose

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Porridge, croissants, pancakes drenched in maple syrup, bagels, eggs and slices of toast were all captured in this feature for Waitrose Food magazine. I photographed five different morning meals from night workers on Brick Lane in London to players from Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

‘Gone Fishing’

 

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The picturesque Meon Springs is one of Hampshire’s finest fly fisheries. Annually there is a vintage fishing event which is partly an excuse to don the tweeds and dig out old split cane rods.

The rod I cast made ripples on the water
as the fly selected dipped under the wave
hoping to entrance the target lurking there
like drug filled youngsters at a recent rave

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Anti Brexit Campaigners

Stop-Brexit-7247-FinalSteve Bray from Wales has given up his job to stand outside Parliament every day protesting against the decision to take The UK out of The European Union. Back in 2017 he started The ‘Stand of Defiance European Movement’ (SODEM). He has caught the attention of several of The Lords and one has loaned him a flat so that Steve can continue his daily vigil. Sometimes a loan figure waving his flags but usually joined by various protestors who share his sentiment.

Stop-Brexit-7212-FinalDays of action take place outside parliament with people travelling to Parliament Green from across the UK. In Steve’s words “Its not a done deal”.

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