The Living Landscape: How to Read and Understand It

The Living Landscape: How to Read and Understand It


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ISBN-13: 9781856230438
Publisher: Permanent Publications
Publication date: 01/11/2010
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patrick Whitefield (1949-2015) was one of the UK's leading permaculture experts. He was a teacher, writer, designer, and consulting editor for Permaculture Magazine, and the author of the mini-classic Permaculture in a Nutshell, which has been translated into four languages, as well as The Earth Care Manual, How to Read the Landscape, and How To Make a Forest Garden.

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

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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