The Living Landscape: How to Read and Understand It

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Patrick Whitefield shares a lifetime’s knowledge of the myriad interactions that go to make up the fascinating and varied landscapes we see all around us. He will inspire you to reconnect with the land as a living entity, not a collection of different scenery, and develop an active relationship with nature and the countryside.

The Living Landscape opens with a chapter on how to go about reading the landscape. The following chapters then go on to look in detail into landscape ...

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Overview

Patrick Whitefield shares a lifetime’s knowledge of the myriad interactions that go to make up the fascinating and varied landscapes we see all around us. He will inspire you to reconnect with the land as a living entity, not a collection of different scenery, and develop an active relationship with nature and the countryside.

The Living Landscape opens with a chapter on how to go about reading the landscape. The following chapters then go on to look in detail into landscape formation, from rocks, through soil, to vegetation, and the intricate web of interactions among plants, animals, climate, and people that makes the landscape around us. Each chapter is interspersed with diagrams, sketches, and notes that Patrick has taken over two decades of living and working in the countryside.

This book invites you to engage actively with nature and experience it firsthand. Understanding how landscapes evolve is a useful skill for landscape designers, gardeners, and farmers large and small, but it is also a life-enhancing skill all of us can enjoy. Whitefield offers us the enduring pleasure that costs nothing and yet offers everything.

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"Patrick's book can open your eyes. Through The Living Landscape he inspires people to reconnect with the land as a living entity, develop an active relationship with nature and the countryside and experience it first hand."--Ben Law, woodlander, author, teacher and builder of the famous Woodland House

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856230438
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,279,739
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Whitefield is a permaculture teacher, writer, designer, and consulting editor for Permaculture Magazine. He is the author of the mini-classic Permaculture in a Nutshell, which has been translated into four languages, as well as The Earth Care Manual, The Living Landscape, How To Make a Forest Garden, and Tipi Living.

Ben Law trains apprentices and runs courses on sustainable woodland management, roundwood timber framing, coppice crafts, and permaculture design. He was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council. He also has worked for Oxfam as a permaculture consultant. He is the author of The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management and The Woodland House. He lives in West Sussex, UK. Law's woodland house has been featured on The World's Greenest Homes, a series of the Discovery Channel's Planet Green. Ben's latest book is Roundwood Timber Framing, a full colour guide to his building techniques. His website is www.ben-law.co.uk.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ben Law vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Landscape and How To Read It 1

Chapter 2 Rocks The Bones of the Landscape 25

Chapter 3 The Soil and What Plants Can Tell Us About It 45

Chapter 4 Climate and Microclimate 69

Chapter 5 The History of the Landscape 83

Chapter 6 Wild Animals and How to Recognise their Signs 107

Chapter 7 Niches or How Plants and Animals Make their Living 121

Chapter 8 Succession How Landscapes Change through Time 135

Chapter 9 Trees as Individuals 163

Chapter 10 The Different Kinds of Woodland 177

Chapter 11 How Woods Work 197

Chapter 12 Grassland 215

Chapter 13 Heaths and Moors 241

Chapter 14 Water in the Landscape 259

Chapter 15 Hedges and Other Field Boundaries 279

Chapter 16 Roads and Paths 303

Afterword 315

Glossary 317

Appendix A Further Reading 319

Appendix B Indentifying Trees at a Distance 323

Index 325

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