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Behemoth



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:10 pm    Post subject: Mushrooms save British Woodland  Reply with quote    

Those of you with the appropriate technology may be interested in listening to this on Radio 4 yesterday or did anybody hear it live?

Mushrooms
Our native woodlands have been in decline because the price of timber means they are no longer viable. But a pilot scheme in North Yorkshire to grow gourmet mushrooms on rotting logs could soon change that. Kate Linderholm reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/index_20050131.shtml

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's a shame, I don't record that, and I ain't got speakers at work

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You survived You and Yours!?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
...and I ain't got speakers at work


Shirly you can take in some headphones, you'll have the best part of a week.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:
You survived You and Yours!?




Mind you it's not as bad as Quote Unquote

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Normally Y&Y has me eating wallpaper but I caught the trailer while running an errand in the car. If you listen on the interweb I thnik yuou can just listen to that article without all the otherstuff about pensions and washing machines.

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Mind you it's not as bad as Quote Unquote


As Humph once put it, I find Quote Unquote, quote unquote hilareous.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I missed that, but it makes sense as an idea.

The problem with conserving woodlands is that suppose you've got a great native woodland; what can you do to give it economic value? You can protect it with legislation, you can make it a SSSI, you can make it a conservation area, but by far the best way of protecting a site is to give it economic worth.

If you can get a sustainable harvest from a woodland, you're better positioned to protect it.

Now, people will pay a LOT for mushrooms, which always makes me laugh (I mean, why pay for something you could spend four hours in the rain, ankle deep in mud gathering for free?). And that means that if you're running a forestry plantation you can link up with someone else who can harvest mushrooms and other wild crops, giving you a cut. This can be taken a step further, and you can farm extra crops in the woodlands (for a great example, see:http://www.oregonwhitetruffles.com/index.html).

So the kind of scheme mentioned here makes great sense from both a conservation and economic perspective.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 05 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the trailer said something along the lines of timber + 5 ton mushrooms = 15 kilo

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