UK needs to insulate 25 million homes

The Green Building Council have written a new report saying 25 million homes need to receive an insulation upgrade between now and 2050. Apparently that’s one home every minute! But really this insulation needs to happen a lot sooner than that if people living now are going to enjoy the benefit of a cosy home….

CAT on The Reunion

I’ve had such a nice response from posting the CAT podcast I thought I’d post the link to the edition of The Reunion about CAT. I sat in the studio for this one watching the team put the programme together and I have to say they did a really good job, both at capturing and…

In memory of a garden bird

Yesterday I was weeding the last of six vegetable beds in our garden when I heard a kerfuffle by the Wendy house. I looked up to see a small garden bird being assassinated by a hawk behind a grassy knoll. The hawk I think was rather put out by my presence and hopped up on…

New Zero Carbon Britain report launched today!

Really pleased to see that the new Zero Carbon Britain report is launched today! Making it Happen is the third Zero Carbon Britain report I’ve done the publishing work for and its great to be involved in something that continues to push at the frontiers of what we think is possible. To find out more about the…

Looking back at the CAT oral history project

I can’t believe its five years since I started work on the CAT Oral History Project! This has got to be one of the most enjoyable, creative and life affirming things I’ve ever done. There were so many brilliant things about meeting the hundreds of people I met as a result of the project. I…

One Day Without Us

On Monday I went to the One Day Without Us protest in Manchester, organised alongside many other similar events around Britain, to offer some sort of solidarity to people who currently find their future in Britain uncertain following Brexit. We like to call such people migrants but they are yes, people like you and me….

Sunny winter climb on my dutch bike

The mountain roads around Machynlleth are spectacular on any day but a joy on a windless sunny day in winter. This is on the mountain pass to Llanidloes and its been an ambition of mine to climb this on my bike since I arrived in Wales 22 years ago! I went up on my Dutch…

Wales: Epic Views of A Small Country

I imagine that any book written by Jan Morris will be worth reading. No wonder The Times named her the 15th greatest British author to have emerged since the second world war. Her prose is fluid, dynamic and full of insight. The scope of her approach is grand, yet each sentence is full of detail….