Catalogue


The living landscape : how to read and understand it /
Patrick Whitefield.
imprint
East Meon, UK : Permanent, c2009.
description
331 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps.
ISBN
1856230430 (pbk.), 9781856230438 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
East Meon, UK : Permanent, c2009.
isbn
1856230430 (pbk.)
9781856230438 (pbk.)
catalogue key
7006104
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
"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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Summaries
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 Landscapeopens 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.
Main Description
This book shows you how to read the landscape and looks at what you can expect to find in woods, grassland, heath, moor, wetlands, hedgecrows and waysides.
Main Description
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 Landscapeopens 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.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Landscape and How To Read Itp. 1
Rocks The Bones of the Landscapep. 25
The Soil and What Plants Can Tell Us About Itp. 45
Climate and Microclimatep. 69
The History of the Landscapep. 83
Wild Animals and How to Recognise their Signsp. 107
Niches or How Plants and Animals Make their Livingp. 121
Succession How Landscapes Change through Timep. 135
Trees as Individualsp. 163
The Different Kinds of Woodlandp. 177
How Woods Workp. 197
Grasslandp. 215
Heaths and Moorsp. 241
Water in the Landscapep. 259
Hedges and Other Field Boundariesp. 279
Roads and Pathsp. 303
Afterwordp. 315
Glossaryp. 317
Further Readingp. 319
Indentifying Trees at a Distancep. 323
Indexp. 325
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