Working with Nature: Saving and Using the World’s Wild Places by Jeremy Purseglove


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From cocoa farming in Ghana to the orchards of Kent and the desert badlands of Pakistan taking a practical approach to sustaining the landscape can mean the difference between prosperity and ruin. Working with Nature is the story of a lifetime of work often in extreme environments to harvest nature and protect it – in effect gardening on a global scale. It is also a memoir of encounters with larger-than-life characters such as William Bunting the gun-toting saviour of Yorkshire’s peatlands and the aristocratic gardener Vita Sackville-West examining their idiosyncratic approaches to conservation. Jeremy Purseglove explains clearly and convincingly why it’s not a good idea to extract as many resources as possible whether it’s the demand for palm oil currently denuding the forests of Borneo cottonfield irrigation draining the Aral Sea or monocrops spreading across Britain. The pioneer of engineering projects to preserve nature and landscape first in Britain and then around the world he offers fresh insights and solutions at each step.

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Weight 451 g
Dimensions 222 × 144 × 27 mm