- Tue 3rd March to Wed 30th September (All Days), 4 Rods – £15 per rod
- Tue 3rd March to Sat 17th October (All Days), 4 Rods – £15 per rod
- Thu 1st January to Sat 14th March (All Days), 4 Rods – £15 per rod
- Tue 16th June to Thu 31st December (All Days), 4 Rods – £15 per rod
- Wed 1st October 2008 to Mon 2nd March (All Days), 3 Rods – £15 per rod
- Thu 1st October to Thu 31st December (All Days), 3 Rods – £15 per rod
- Offer a warm, friendly welcome to guests.
- Ensure a high standard of accommodation, courtesy, and service.
- Respond promptly and properly to any complaints or criticism.
- Offer our guests all advice and assistance they require.
- Entrance hall, cloakroom, utility, large sitting room with log fire, bedroom with giant double or two single beds, dressing area with wardrobe.
- Large bathroom with separate shower, superb fully fitted kitchen.
- State of the art Linn Hi-Fi for radio & CDs.
- Widescreen Colour TV with video and DVD.
- Telephone, washer, dryer etc.
- All linen & towels provided.
As reported in the Times; a report commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has concluded that organic food has no more nutritional value than factory-farmed meat or fruit and vegetables grown using chemical fertilisers.
Reading the article in the Times one is therefore asked to believe that the FSA report finds Organic food is no “healthier” than factory farmed or chemical fertilised food.
However the frame of reference for this study excluded the effects of pesticide residue in food (This report does not address contaminant content (such as herbicide, pesticide and fungicide residues) and as more than one commenter mentioned “To study the difference between organic and other food without looking at pesticides is farcical.” It is not how factory farmed food compares to natural food that is the important issue here, it is the additives used by modern farming the unnatural process and the health of the animals that concern people, thus not to even consider these makes this report totally redundant.
To argue that modern intensive food production methods can reproduce a similar nutritional element in food than traditional organic methods it the wrong argument in the first place, to then extrapolate this to an argument that “Organic food is no healthier than other produce” is to extend the findings of the report beyond its own limitations and add a value judgment not contained in the report.
The report is also superfluous in that no new research was commissioned; it was purely a very selective trawl through the exiting scientific literature collected over 50 years.
A study of 52,000 papers was made, but only 162 scientific papers published between January 1958 and February last year were deemed relevant, of which just 55 met the strict “quality” criteria for the study.
The Soil Association says
“the research appears to be a fairly limited piece of analysis. For example, the review only looked at research papers written in English, it excluded the results of almost half the papers it found, and it ignored more up-to-date research from the European Union, published in April this year”
From the FSA
This review does not address contaminant content (such as herbicide, pesticide and fungicide residues) of organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs or the environmental impacts of organic and conventional agricultural practices.
Significant differences in content between organically and conventionally produced crops were found in some minerals (nitrogen higher in conventional crops; magnesium and zinc higher in organic crops), phytochemicals (phenolic compounds and flavonoids higher in organic crops) and sugars (higher in organic crops).
A couple of points are worth making about the general debate with regard to organic food production, the first is that there should be a debate about organic in the first place, there ought really to be a debate about the modern unproven (by time) methods and not a debate about farming practices that have endured for thousands of years. The multi million pound industry that is represented by modern farming has turned the tables, it is the modern methods which are described as conventional! Organic is compared to it, as if organic is the new foody fad and not a time proven method of working with nature to produce our foods.
This point was emphasised by one commentator to the Times article
I would have thought the report was a vindication of organic food. apparently, you can get the same nutrition whilst not using pesticides and other chemicals, with a better flavour and being kinder to the environment and to the animals involved.
The second point is why on earth our government is spending our tax money on reports that are nothing more than thinly veiled attacks on organic farming.
Trout Salmon and Winter Grayling on the Wye
Approximately 2 miles of double bank fishing on the main Wye upstream of Newbridge. The river here is 20-30 yards wide and provides a good variety of water holding a good head of trout and grayling. The grayling fishing is especially good from August to November. Salmon fishing can be good with sustained high water in April, May and June with best prospects in October.
Wading is very difficult in places so felt and studded soles are mandatory. Doldowlod is a very secluded, peaceful stretch of water and is especially renowned for its autumn grayling fishing. In recent years numerous 2lb+ grayling have been caught, with the biggest brown trout of 2lb caught in 2004.
Availability & Pricing
Telephone booking , please call 01982 551 520
winter grayling fishing
Approximately 1.7 miles of mostly double bank river Lugg winter grayling fishing just downstream of Mortimers Cross. This part of the Lugg gently meanders through the scenic Herefordshire countryside. The beat provides some excellent grayling fishing on a medium-sized river and is relatively easy wading on a mostly gravel and silt riverbed.
Midland Flyfishers, who own the fishing, are not insured for unaccompanied guests fishing their waters. Rods using this beat should ensure that they are adequately insured for any injury or loss and are suitably experienced to fish these waters in winter conditions.
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Telephone booking Only, please call 01982 551 520
Situated close to the border, a mile or so upstream of Kington, the Hergest Court beat on the Arrow offers wild brown trout fishing on the upper reaches of this famous river. Gently meandering through pasture, the river here has a gravel riverbed, making for easy enough wading. Being small river fishing, the beat is best fished in an upstream direction. With a small brook rod and your thigh waders, put your stealth abilities to the test.
Availability & Pricing
· Tue 3rd March to Sun 17th May (Only Thursday, Friday, Saturday), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Mon 18th May to Sun 24th May (Only Thursday, Friday), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Mon 25th May to Wed 30th September (Only Thursday, Friday, Saturday), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
Telephone booking, please call 01982 551 520
For those that enjoy trout fishing on medium sized river, the Lyepole Fishery is a 1m stretch of double bank river Lugg fishing, situated a few miles upstream of Amestry. This part of the river meanders through a wonderfully tranquil, steep-sided valley and is an area of the river that has remained private fishing for a number of years. The beat has recently benefited from improved access and coppicing work. With a gravel and silt riverbed, wading is relatively easy.
Availability & Pricing
· Tue 3rd March to Sun 17th May (All Days), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Mon 18th May to Sun 24th May (All Days except Saturday, Sunday), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Mon 25th May to Sun 31st May (All Days except Monday), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Mon 1st June to Tue 30th June (All Days), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Wed 1st July to Wed 30th September (All Days), 2 Rods – £20 per rod
· Thu 1st January to Sat 14th March (All Days), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
· Thu 1st October to Thu 31st December (All Days), 2 Rods – £15 per rod
Telephone booking Only, please call 01982 551 520
Spiced Organic Mutton
I got this leg from Welsh Farm Organics, it should be treated in exactly same way as ham i.e. cover with water add aromatics (vegetables herbs whole spices and a splash of white wine) bring to the simmer and cook slowly for about three hours. Read More
The remote and romantic Shropshire Hills form part of the ancient border Marches. These Welsh border lands have been fought over and disputed throughout much of our history. Of course, no one disputes the border today, any more than they would dispute the beauty of the region and the rich diversity of it’s landscape.
The complex geology of the area is largely responsible for the immense variety of the scenery which makes Shropshire so interesting and such a joy to walk. For example the Wrekin consists of ancient volcanic lava, whilst Wenlock Edge, just 30km south west, was once at the bottom of an ancient sea and is composed of carboniferous limestone. In fact Shropshire claims to be unique in the world, in having rocks from ten of the twelve geological periods within it’s boundaries.
The northern part of the county around Ellesmere was dramatically affected by being at the extremity of the ice sheets during the last ice age. Huge glaciers deposited the clay, gravel and sand found in these areas as they receded; but not before their awesome power had scooped out the depressions which today make Ellesmere a lake district in miniature.
There is diversity too, in the character of the county’s towns. Ludlow, a delightfully rural market town dominated by it’s imposing castle, retains much of the charm of a bygone age. It’s beautiful black and white timbered builings, so typical of Shropshire where oak forests were once widespread, can overwhelm the visitor with it’s cosy atmosphere. But Ludlow is a thriving community and has earned itself a reputation as a gastonomic centre of excellence. Not that far away Telford is a dynamic modern town full of high technology industry built upon the foundations of the industrial revolution, which all began here at Ironbridge, now a World Heritage site.
There are endless walking possibilities within Shropshire’s 5,000km of public paths, but the most important areas are the hills of the south west between Ludlow and Shrewsbury. Church Stretton, roughly in the centre of this area is an excellent base from which to explore the Long Mynd, a dramatic ridge of ancient heather clad hills which tower over the town. One of the most popular circuits climbs through the beautiful Carding Mill Valley, one of a number of ravines cutting through the eastern flank of the hills.
Other important hills include Wenlock Edge, Stiperstones, Clee Hills and Clun Forest. All offer spectacular open walking and panoramic vistas. The quiet, green valleys and Dales between these ranges are also beautiful walking country.
The Jack Mytton Way gives riders, cyclists and walkers the chance to journey around seventy miles through some of rural England’s most unspoilt and beautiful countryside. The route starts near Highley and ends at the bridge over the River Terne in Llanfair Waterdine on the Welsh border.
The Jack Mytton Way is named after one of Shropshire’s most notorious but affectionately remembered characters. Known as “Mad Jack”, Mytton was famed for his outrageous and foolhardy pranks, so much so that he is known some two hundred years later!
Explore the history and heritage of the Teme Valley. Go West from Worcester through Tenbury Wells to Ludlow and beyond – beautiful, remote countryside, ancient churches, farms and villages – trails, walks, what to do and where to go, activities for all the family.
EXPLORE THE MYSTERIOUS RIVER TEME AND ITS BEAUTIFUL VALLEY The river Teme is one of the fastest flowing rivers in Europe. It rises in Powys, Wales and passes through remote countryside and just three small towns: Knighton on the borders of England and Wales, Ludlow in Shropshire and Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire. It joins the mighty River Severn just south of Worcester city.
‘Heaven for two’ – Situated some 20 metres to the south of the main house, THE DICK TURPIN detached, stone and timber built, slate roofed property stands high above Clun. The cottage enjoys enviable views of the valley and the rolling Shropshire hills. The fully restored property nestles in 20 acres of woods and wonderful walks on the hillside high above the historic village of Clun. Located in the first ‘environmentally sensitive area’ and designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The countryside commission recent survey designated this to be one of the three remaining havens of tranquility in Britain.
The charm of THE DICK TURPIN COTTAGE with its many features of architectural and historic interest has been carefully preserved. You will receive a warm welcome and enjoy a high standard of accommodation. THE DICK TURPIN COTTAGE is featured in “Special Places to Stay in Britain”, Awarded the top English Tourist Board quality rating- “Five Stars”, De-luxe 5 Keys, and “Gold Award”. Our aims are to: –
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