Farming

Our tree-planting obsession may do more harm than good

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Planting won’t solve climate change

Hare coursing gangs are terrorising the countryside

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The violent world of illegal hare coursing

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A picture of rural Kentucky: Stand by Me, by Wendell Berry, reviewed

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Anyone picking up a book by Wendell Berry, whether it be fiction, essays or a collection of his lucid and…

In defence of British landowners (and the truth about grouse moors)

18 May 2019 9:00 am

I was surprised to read the article by Ben Macdonald in last week’s Spectator urging Britain’s grouse moor owners to…

In defence of inaction: why it’s usually best to do nothing

27 April 2019 9:00 am

I recently came across the Small Robot Company, a British agricultural robotics start-up. Their vision is that with smart, autonomous…

A cow is better than a bank balance

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya A minotaur head glowers at me through the bathroom window while I am brushing my teeth in the…

Farming is a hard life no matter where you do it

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Erupe is a Kenyan farmer. He owns a smallholding of a few acres not far from my own…

Heavy-going and heavy-handed: Dark River reviewed

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Dark River is the much-anticipated third feature from British writer/director Clio Barnard and it is one of those bleak, rural-…

Letters: Leave Theresa May alone – she’s doing her best

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Stop knocking May Sir: I find this knocking of Theresa May increasingly depressing (‘Theresa’s choice’, 3 February). She has a terrible job…

Cold Comfort Farm comes to Kenya

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia I woke with the breath of a leopard a few feet from me as I lay in my bed.…

Brexit will give us back the countryside, as well as our country

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Rural landscapes and lifestyles deserve a Brexit boost

More menace - and magic - on the moors

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney was one of the surprise stand-outs of last year, and a worthy winner of the…

Why Kenya matters

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia   Flying home across Laikipia’s ranchlands with Martin after a farmers’ meeting, I see the plateau dotted with cattle…

What I must destroy in order to survive

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia Ripping up the black cotton soil on the farm’s high savannah I get a sense of what it must…

James Dyson: If Brexit talks fail with the EU it's 'no big deal'

29 July 2017 9:00 am

For someone who believes in free trade, subsidies are a bitter pill to swallow

A month in the French country

8 July 2017 9:00 am

A trip to the supermarché at the beginning of our French month yielded many of the necessary things one also…

Could an end to this perpetual violence be in sight at last?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   During our evening walk on the farm, Claire kept looking around nervously instead of engaging in conversation.…

My dad, Operation Julie and a hashish bonfire

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The guests at my brother-in-law Rick’s 70th birthday lunch party were distinguished, silver-haired, well heeled. Long before Rick rescued the…

The prodigal daughter: Ellie Kendrick as Clover in The Levelling

A painterly exercise in grim atmospherics: The Levelling reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

There are bigger entities landing at your local multiplex this week. An ancient indestructible franchise is re-re-(re-)booted in Alien: Covenant.…

I fiddled around in my trauma kit but Duncan was gasping his last

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya On my way home to the ranch, I stopped for a beer with my neighbour Martin. It was…

Tim Pears’s pastoral schmaltz would make perfect Sunday evening telly

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Set in rural England in 1911, Tim Pears’s latest novel tells of a friendship between 12-year-old Leo, a precocious carter,…

The most significant invention of the 20th century? The Haber-Bosch process

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Barbed wire, concrete, razor blades, passports, Bakelite and the sewage system are all crucial to the way we live now…

Corrupt politicians won’t drive me off our farm

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Kenya A woman’s bottom cheered me up recently. The lady was walking ahead of me in a Kenya street and…

Why has the National Trust turned against Lake District hill farmers?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Why has the National Trust turned against hill farmers?

If you want a long and happy life, don’t retire to the country

10 September 2016 9:00 am

There is no cherished assumption that now goes unchallenged. The latest one is that country air is good for you.…