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In a comprehensive and practical guide to the countryside, passionate and hugely knowledgeable countryman Alan Titchmarsh explores the heritage of rural Britain, its landscapes and wildlife, and its traditions, customs, and crafts. He looks at the beauty of chalk downland, offers a checklist of British butterflies and where to find them, and shows how to make moth traps and wildlife ponds. He identifies the best breeds of cattle for meat and milk, explains how best to look after a pig, and shares the secrets of a successful small holding. From keeping chickens to dressing a stick, from dry-stone walling to creating a wildflower meadow, the essence of country life and the best places to encounter it are identified in this celebration of the British countryside and its delights, skills, and treasures. Lavishly illustrated, beautifully produced, and information-packed, this is an inspirational showcase for all that is best about rural Britain and a primer on how to reconnect with its wonderful wise ways.
About the Author
Alan Titchmarsh is the author of more than 40 gardening books, including The Gardener's Year, How to Be a Gardener, and The Royal Gardeners; the memoirs Knave of Spades and Trowel and Error; and the novels Love and Dr. Devon and Rosie. He has twice been named Gardening Writer of the Year and in 2004 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Writers' Guild. He is the host of the show Ground Forces.