Sweet Smell of Success – Dalesman July 2013

French lavender in flower

Helen Johnson visited Wolds Way Lavender for Dalesman Magazine, where she met Steve and Anne Jaques. Steve has built a wood-fuelled still to distill lavender oil from his plants. The oil is used in a variety of products. Continue Reading →

Dalesman March 2012: Revival in the Rountons, From Turkey Farmer to President, and Traditional Skills Restore Historic Buildings

Jenny Gaunt of Dark Star plants, East Rounton

For Dalesman Magazine March 2012, Helen Johnson visited the Rountons, villages where new ventures are bringing new life back to rural communities.
She also met Raymond Twiddle, a man who honed his business skills raising turkeys and now supports the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
And finally she visited the Heritage Crafts Alliance, where trainer Glenn Young hopes to inspire people of all ages to learn the skills to preserve our historic buildings. Continue Reading →