A new era dawns for Ruskin Land

A new era dawns for Ruskin Land

We are in transition.  Some of you may have noticed that we haven’t written a post since March.  That because we have been busy discussing and planning the next phase of the Ruskin Land project, and preparing for our move back to London. A lot has happened at St...
Winter light and stained glass

Winter light and stained glass

Not many of us look forward to the long, dark nights of winter.  Natural light is increasingly understood to play an important role in our physical and mental wellbeing. It is not surprising that Seasonal Affective Disorder , sometimes known as ‘winter...
Apples a plenty

Apples a plenty

The apple harvest has just ended here in the Wyre Forest.  Last week we gathered as many as we could of the remaining fruits still clinging to the leafless branches of trees in local orchards.    We were playing our small part in the practice of gleaning which is...
Big Draw and Apple Day

Big Draw and Apple Day

We have more or less recovered from our most recent public event here at Ruskin Land which combined Big Draw and Apple Day celebrations.  It was great to be able to link the tremendous work being done in and around the Wyre Forest to maintain and enhance traditional...
The cows come home and a visitor from overseas

The cows come home and a visitor from overseas

A few days ago a pedigree herd of Dexter cattle arrived at St George’s Farm.  The cattle are looked after by the Wyre Community Land Trust which now has its home here.  They had just passed their regular tests for TB, essential for preventing the spread of the...
Celebrating trees and woods

Celebrating trees and woods

When was the last time you celebrated the presence of trees in your neighbourhood?  How often do you wonder at the benefits they bring to our daily lives and the beauty they quietly provide?  As a society we take trees and woodlands for granted most of the time.  But...
Young visitors, old and new

Young visitors, old and new

The summer has officially come to an end and its been raining heavily all day.  We made the most of the August sunshine including a picnic with some delightful young visitors and their families from a local estate.  St George’s Farm has also become home to a...
Far Forest – in place and time

Far Forest – in place and time

  The Far Forest Countryside Show took place this weekend.  A hugely enjoyable annual event organised by the local community, it involves a wide range of vaguely rural activities, displays and items of interest for all tastes.  The show dates back to 1902 when...
Butterfly sandwiches

Butterfly sandwiches

Rain this week has interfered with taking the hay from the fields at St George’s Farm.  We were lucky to have fine weather though on Sunday for the Butterfly Picnic, the third in our series of public events at Ruskin Land.  Chloe, along with her butterfly-shaped...
Ruskin and the environment

Ruskin and the environment

Earlier this week we experienced the hottest day of the year so far, after the hottest June on record globally.  The outside temperature was a stupefying 30 degrees in the shade and I was pleased not to be sweltering in the middle of a city.    But we were...
The Little Red House

The Little Red House

The story of the building of St George’s farmhouse at Ruskin Land is an interesting one. Those who have visited us here will be aware of the unassuming character of the house which contrasts with its imposing presence, despite its relatively small size , as you...
Beaucastle and Bee Orchids

Beaucastle and Bee Orchids

We’ve spent the last few days immersed in the legacy of John Ruskin and his followers here in the Wyre Forest.  And we enjoyed great company.  About 30 or so Companions of Ruskin’s charity the Guild of St George visited Ruskin Land this weekend to see what...