News & Info

Recent developments include the development of a series of VINE "seeds" (see under Inspiration) -  guided reflections and exercises for people who are passionate about the natural world.  Aresearch project on the Nature of Conservationists has been completed by two MSc students from Edinburgh University and Birkbeck college, who have submitted their theses on how conservationists thinking relates to their personal beliefs and inspiration and how this aligns with that of their organisations. Relevant articles can be found here.

VINE's vision can be found under Project Documents.  Our activities fall within four objectives:

1. To support individuals in exploring the role of feelings, senses and intuition in nature conservation, and to support them in developing a personal nature conservation ethic that encompasses these

2. To help explore the philosophical framework for nature conservation decision-making

3. To help enable those working within the nature conservation profession to integrate actions and decisions stemming from the above into their working practices.

4. To promote wider discussion of ethics and values in nature conservation
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Non-VINE events and news we think will be of interest to VINE members are listed below:
  • 05.07.2016 - Results of VINE questionnaire, summer 2016

    Members completed a survey with their views on VINE, what activities they found useful and inspiring.
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  • 11.04.2016 - Nature Matters 2016

    Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild will take place in Cambridge on 22 to 24 September. This year\'s event is being run in association with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
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  • 02.03.2016 - VINE conservation task

    22 June 2016, New Forest.
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  • 11.02.2015 - Dare to be great

    With Polly Higgins at Hawkwood College
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  • 11.02.2015 - Re-awakening the Sacred

    With Polly Higgins and Chris Johnstone
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  • 05.02.2014 - Nature Connections 2015

    “An interdisciplinary gathering to examine routes to nature connectedness” University of Derby, Thursday 26 March 2015
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  • 13.12.2013 - Rewilding debate video

    The video of a recent debate at the Linnean Society on rewilding is now available.
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  • 01.10.2013 - VINE Seed 16 - the fourth little pig is now available to download

    "They will speak of those who, despite initial feelings of being alone and outnumbered, followed their inner wisdom and their respect for life and said, ‘Something is wrong’”. Norbert Gahbler
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  • 19.09.2013 - VINE AGM

    Please contact us if you would like to join in our AGM teleconference on 3rd October 2013.
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  • 11.09.2013 - The Prophets of Rock & Wave

    An October workshop in the Dartmoor woods from the Dark Mountain Project and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story
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  • 09.09.2013 - Nature Matters in Time and Place

    5th Annual gathering of New Networks for Nature, including VINE founder Matthew Oates speaking on what it means to be a naturalist. 14th-16th November 2013
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  • 09.09.2013 - The British conservation model: unambitious, irrational and afraid of nature?

    VINEr Miles King will be debating rewilding with George Monbiot, Clive Hambler, and Aidan Lonergan at the Linnaean Soc in London on 13 November.
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  • 13.05.2013 - Study tour to Wakelyns agroforestry farm in Suffolk

    Introduction to the farm, site tour and discussion Hosted by Martin Wolfe (founder and owner) Saturday 25 May 2013, 10 am ~ 4.30 pm
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  • 17.04.2013 - Land Value Tax, Wildlife and the Environment

    Peter Smith of the Wildwood Trust explains the potential of Land Value Tax in conservation
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  • 10.04.2013 - We need to talk about consumption April 16th 7-9pm Friends House Euston

    talk about consumption, climate change, inequality and the lives we'd like to lead... The event is OPEN & FREE to attend, and will include the launch of a new animation.
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  • 10.04.2013 - Wild Mindfulness 23rd - 28th June 2013 Lombard Farm, Cornwall

    Wild Mindfulness offers a chance to attend mindfully to the wild interconnections that define us
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  • 25.03.2013 - In Pursuit of Spring

    VINE founder Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of the writer Edward Thomas (Radio 4, starting Good Friday 15:30)
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  • 01.03.2013 - Dark Mountatain Writing: a weekend workshop

    A weekend-long poetry workshop with Em Strang and Susan Richardson, the curators of the Writing Stage at the 2012 Uncivilisation Festival. The weekend will focus on what Dark Mountain calls ‘uncivilised’ writing: what does it mean to write nature poetry in the 21st century? How do we express wildness? Is it possible to speak for nonhuman species?
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  • 19.01.2013 - 'Engaging with the valuation challenge: from principles to practice'

    The Valuing Nature Network are offering the following free webinar: “Ian Bateman will provide an overview of current thinking on valuing nature in a free webinar 'Engaging with the valuation challenge: from principles to practice' on Monday 11 February 2013 at 12 noon to 2 pm.”
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  • 08.10.2012 - Speygrian networking weekend

    16th-18th November 2012. The theme is stories in all forms - listening, creating, adapting, performing stories old and new
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  • 22.09.2012 - VINE newsletter 2012

    What have we been up to recently?
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  • 21.09.2012 - Interrogate! Happiness Festival

    Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th October 2012 Dartington Hall With support from Action for Happiness As autumn closes in and some of us get SAD, join us at Dartington for Interrogate! Happiness, your chance to spend a weekend looking at what makes us happy. How can we learn to be happy at work, in our families and at school? Is mindfulness the new religion when it comes to happiness? Should the government focus on gritty issues like banks and growth or is their job to make us smile?
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  • 21.09.2012 - Wild Mindfulness

    12th - 17th November 2012 Knoydart, Scotland Wild Mindfulness offers a chance to attend mindfully to the wild interconnections that define us
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  • 19.09.2012 - Forest Discovery Day - Haldon Forest Park, Exeter

    Sunday 30 September A day of forest fun and celebrations organised by the Forestry Commission.
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  • 13.09.2011 - Switch to Good Energy and gain £25 for VINE!

    VINE is affiliated with Good Energy, the UKs 100% renewable energy supplier. Which means that if you switch to Good Energy, they will donate £25 directly to VINE.
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  • 04.04.2011 - Sharing Good Practice events

    Sharing Good Practice (SGP) is a unique programme of events for people from a wide variety of sectors, including land managers, local authorities, health, business, education, voluntary and government. SGP events provide opportunities for practitioners with differing levels of experience to network, learn from experts, influence future policy, share ideas and gain new knowledge, insight and inspiration.
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  • 29.03.2011 - Sustainability in Crisis 26th-28th Sept 2011 Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

    Mobilising faith to advance sustainability - – a major consultation between experts from business, government, environmental and faith groups.
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  • 29.03.2011 - Strenthening our relationship with nature

    An article by VINE SG member Matthew Oates suggests how British Summer Time can help us strengthen our relationship with nature
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  • 21.01.2011 - The nature of conservationists research project

    How does conservationists thinking relate to their personal beliefs and inspiration and how does this align with that of their organisations?
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  • 04.03.2008 - Write up from VINE course at Schumacher College, Dartington 27-28 November 2008

    Developing Your Personal Ecological Philosophy: This morning I saw two goldfinches at our bird feeder – I haven’t seen these my favourite birds for years. They remind me of the short break from lectures when Stephan Harding, the resident tutor, asked us to go into the garden of the delightful medieval vicarage which is now Schumacher College and communicate with nature by touching plants, even rocks, which are also part of Stephan’s natural world. He had sown the unusual idea in us that not only do we feel plants when we touch, but they feel us too – touching is a two-way communication. I didn’t get very far with detecting the plant responses, but the jackdaws made themselves aware to us with their extraordinary antics and noises, and gave us a more solid part of nature to hold onto. I don’t believe it - I nearly said jackdaw people! Actually Stephan refers to all living things, including bacteria, as non-human beings, and includes rocks and water. Even salt, carbon and nitrogen compounds, the gases of our atmosphere with their complex interactions are known affectionately as chemical beings.
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