The Places that Speak to Us


Poster boards about the Orchard Mapping Project.

Below are display poster board that were created about the Orchard Mapping project. Watch the video that the AHRC created about the Apple Day and the Orchard project.  


Orchard Roots: Apple Day in the Quantocks – video

While across the UK orchards have declined by as much as 63% in the past half century, places like Somerset can still boast more than their fair share of apple trees. The Quantock Hills, to the west of Bridgwater, aren’t known for their orchards, but studies suggest they might have covered more of the Quantocks […]


Podcast: The power of the wild

The power of the wild is an idea that has been an important idea in western thought as a place of refuge or separation where we can feel the power of nature. It is a place where humans are not in control and their power is limited. Using nature as a category of power creates […]


Podcast: Desire for the Wild – Wild Desires? The trouble with rewilding

It is undeniable that human influence is now felt in almost every ecosystem, region and ocean of the world. As a result wilderness or wild nature is becoming less abundant. In response to this less wild world, landscape and ecosystem restorations are undertaken all over the globe. One of these places is the wetland area […]


The Anthropocene: finding ourselves back in the wilderness

Reflections on the workshop on Re-wilding and Wild Desires at Wicken, 18-19 April 2013 By Paul Warde I came to the workshop on Re-wilding and Wild Desires at Wicken with more than a little scepticism. Not about the Wicken Vision, the aspiration to create a fifty-square-kilometre nature reserve to the north of Cambridge and engage […]


‘Fallen Fruits: Mapping Orchard Decline in the Quantock Hills at Parish Level with Tithe Record and Map Data’: Phase 2 Report

By Nick Nourse In 2010 exploratory research was proposed at the offices of the Quantock Hills AONB Service, to examine the importance of orchards to the economy and ecology of this distinctive corner of Somerset. Following an AHRC-funded workshop at Halsway Manor in March 2011, an AHRC grant enabled Marianna Dudley of Bristol University to […]


Leverhulme funds place-based environmental history project led by David Moon in Russia

  Leverhulme Trust awards International Network Grant for £123,000 for a project led by Professor David Moon, University of York. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded an International Network Grant for £123,000 to the University of York for a project led by Professor David Moon. The network will comprise specialists from York and Glasgow universities in […]


Funding for Phase 3 of Quantocks Orchard Project: ‘At the Core of the Quantocks’

Peter Coates has received additional AHRC funding for Phase 3 of his ongoing project on Orchards in the Quantocks that is being pursued in conjunction with the Quantock Hills AONB Service. Phase 3 – ‘At the Core of the Quantocks: Wider Dissemination of the Fruits of the Orchard Mapping Project’ – will spread the findings […]


Kielder: the story of a man-made landscape

Around the world, rural landscapes have been transformed by human activity as never before. In England, one of the most striking locations of such anthropogenic changes is Kielder Forest and Water in Northumberland. Since the 1920s, this site has seen a massive tree planting effort, creating one of the largest man-made forests in Western Europe. […]


Walks for the Royal Geographical Society

By Marianna Dudley My participation in the History of Environmental Change network had extended an ongoing interest in movement and place in the research and writing of history – specifically, how walking (and the history of walking) can inform historical methodology.  The inclusion of walks in the workshops stimulated many of the discussions of the networks, […]


What’s the Story? – A workshop about environmental historians and the media

A workshop held on 17 November 2012 designed to assist environmental historians develop their stills in, and strategies for, working with the media. Led by Erin Gill (@erinjacqgill), an energy and environmental journalist and environmental historian.   Notes by Erin Gill Below are notes I took during the workshop. |Within these I have embedded two […]


The Semantics of Kielder

Researcher Leona Skelton has produced a list of words used by interviewees in the Kielder Oral History project to describe the environment. She has carefully presented and formatted a selection of words used by those whose Lives have been shaped by Kielder to describe their changing perceptions of the area over the course of their lives, past […]


Further Funding Received for Quantocks Orchard Project

Peter Coates has received £7,310 (75% from the Quantock Hills Sustainable Development Fund and 25% from the University of Bristol’s Lady Emily Smyth Bequest for horticultural research, administered by the School of Biological Sciences) to pursue a 7-week (or equivalent) project entitled ‘Fallen Fruits: Mapping Orchard Decline in the Quantock Hills at Parish Level with […]


The Kielder Oral History Project

By: Leona Skelton The Kielder Oral History Project, which took place between 15th and 19th October 2012, was a great success. The researcher, Leona Skelton, is an environmental historian working on behalf of the universities of Durham (where she has recently completed a Ph.D.) and York (where David Moon, Co-investigator on the larger project, now works). […]

Mapping orchards in the Quantock Hills – Project report

Mapping orchards in the Quantock Hills – Project report

Orchards are integral to the Somerset landscape. The production and consumption of apples and cider has fed the local identity in addition to the local economy, and the cultivation of orchards has shaped the landscape, with fields of lined fruit trees characterising the Somerset levels. Rising from the levels are the hills and coombes of […]