Archive for January, 2011


Names and Places

By Paul Warde Several of the papers and talk we heard at Wicken Fen were about disappearance and loss: the end of the ‘amphibious culture’ of the wetlands described by Petra van Dam, or the disappearance of the Fens through drainage traced by Ian Rotherham, a loss so complete in the case of the Yorkshire […]


Aesthetics and the Environment

By Paul Warde At the end of the Wicken Fen workshop we came round to discussing a few things that hadn’t got that much of a mention hitherto – beauty, and fun. Ben Cowell had previously mentioned that the National Trust’s mission was to preserve beauty – not nature, nor the environment, nor biodiversity nor […]