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Working with Nature: : Saving and Using the World's Wild Places

Working with Nature: : Saving and Using the World's Wild Places

Jeremy Purseglove

Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2020 for writing on Global Conservation

From cocoa farming in Trinidad to the fruit orchards of Kent, a positive approach to sustaining the landscape yields plenty of practical benefits. This book is the story of a lifetime of work, often in extreme environments, to protect nature amid developments - 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 how we can harvest the earth's resources as long as we do so carefully. He shows how we can moderate the palm oil plantations currently destroying the forests of Borneo, the irrigated cotton crops draining the Aral Sea, or cereal agribusiness already dominating the British countryside and now sweeping across Africa. Offering solutions at every step, this is action-packed, insightful reporting from the front line of global nature conservation. 271 pages.

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