n Wednesday evening we heard Wilfred Emmanuel Jones speaking at a forum for the Tamar Valley area of outstanding natural beauty – equivalent in status to a national park. That is the place we holiday most. He talked about seeing a search for spirituality and connectedness and how he sees the Tamar Valley as a thinking room – and how it could be promoted as that. His own story was of a childhood in Small Heath where he escaped to an allotment and aged 11 decided he wanted to buy a farm. He encouraged us to dream big and dream early as it took something like 30 years to see that dream turn into reality and he has built the Black Farmer brand into something that sells high quality food and reflects his values. I love the concept of place as thinking room but believe I can find it in the city too.