A land management practitioner could be a gardener, landscaper, arborist or forester. Their skills and qualifications may be less or more - but they are professionals. Their job is the management of elements in the landscape on behalf of mainly private owners.
Ignoring the value of the practitioner is to ignore the main conduit of knowledge of issues including (but not exhaustive); land management planning, sustainable development, ecology, the wider environment, the local…Continue
There is an old parlour game; what would be the best professional to be marooned on a desert island with? A clear favourite would be a multi skilled self-employed landscaper. A knowledge of soil management helping to grow food, the ingenuity to fashion purpose built tools, the skills of building a comfortable place to sleep in - all done with much more finesse and a longing for a finer lifestyle than an ex SAS survival specialist and they would be sitting pretty watching the sunset from…Continue
The advocating of Biochar personifies a process that needs to be redressed in order to get back on track with land management that allows a future use for land sustainably. I could pick on many dubious products or techniques, but I choose Biochar here because a) it claims to be ‘green’ and b) I have seen the damage caused to soil organisms by Biochar for myself, which I can only describe as very scary.
Also it is important to note that I write this solely from personal experience of…Continue
Standardising rates of payment for land management is a grey area. And whilst the FC guidance lists for standard rates is a good guide to costs re forest operations it is just a guide and a very useful one at that. But the recognition of the constraints on individual sites is all important and it is the realm of the practitioner to decipher these constraints and apply them to the quotation for possible work.
In May last year, the Woodland Trust published the report ‘…Continue