Mike Conachie, longstanding and much adored Keeper at Combe Sydenham, is this May going to take part in the LARK Bike Ride Challenge. Those of you who have had the pleasure of his company know how dedicated he is to anything he chooses to take on, so please support him generously by donating to this very worthwhile cause! His Just giving page here.
The four Estates managed by Angus Barnes and his team of gamekeepers are a fine example of how sporting interests can provide great benefit to the wider farm environment. Given the ongoing pressure for farmers to consider wildlife and in particular pollinators and farmland birds it is great to see the habitat improvement reaping rewards for all concerned.
The combination of annual (one year), biennial (two year) and perennial (several year) crops planted all work together to provide year round shelter along with the vitally important nectar for pollinators in the summer and seed for farmland birds in the winter.
After another summer of poking around the markets of the med, wining, dining and the odd spot of reclining I can safely say I’m ready to get back into the kitchen and start putting some of these new flavours into practice.