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The Whinnies Community Garden (we rent our allotment from them) has a shrubbery that has been smothered by brambles so they asked me if I could cut them back (and use them as goat food). I was happy to oblige. I was surprised at just how extensive the bramble infestation was. So I've made a start on chopping them back. The clock is ticking on this however. The brambles are still in leaf but they will be gone soon, at which point they are no longer any use as fodder.

The photo above was taken before the clearance work started. Below, some of the brambles have been cleared. Bottom: goat dinner time.

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Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on


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