• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

The Woodland Year by Ben Law

 
Burra Maluca
Mother Tree
Posts: 9041
Location: Portugal Zone 9 Mediterranean Climate
681
bee bike books duck forest garden greening the desert solar trees wofati
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

photo courtesy green shopping

where to get it

available direct from the publisher at green shopping
also as an e-book

amazon.com
amazon.co.uk

summary

A month-by-month journey through Ben’s woodland in the Sussex Weald, this a celebration of every aspect of sustainable woodland management; the cycles of nature, the seasonal tasks, wild food gathering, wine making, useful recipes, coppice crafts, round pole timber frame eco-building, nature conservation, species diversity, tree profiles and using horses for woodland work. There are also sections by 12 guest woodlanders. This is a profound book that is both practical and poetic. It lyrically describes a way of life that is both economically and ecologically viable and sets a new standard for managing our woods in a low impact, sustainable way. As such, it holds some of the fundamental keys to how we can achieve a lower carbon society.

related videos






related podcasts


podcast 60
 
Paul Cereghino
gardener
Posts: 855
Location: South Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Cascadia, North America
15
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Has anyone read this one?  What does it add to the practice?  Is it relevant to N. America?  Is it relevant to the small holder (<5 acres)?
 
Matt Ferrall
Posts: 555
Location: Western WA,usda zone 6/7,80inches of rain,250feet elevation
4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have this book.I didnt learn much new from it that I could apply here in the states.His first book covers some technique and this doesnt really expand on that.It does have some great photos and brings you into his life in the woods.I love that he loves sorbus torminalis as that is one of my favorite plants for the PNW as far as lost fruits goes.I love that he eats wild.Overall I would call this book inspirational /coffee table but good at doing that!While providing examples of people surviving on wood craft,I have a hard time seeing myself selling charcol or woven fences to the rural folks in my neighborhood so perhaps if you lived somewhere alittle more well off those products might sell as a novelty but I dont hold it against people for having to do dog and pony shows for $ .Not sure how great of examples they are though?
 
Brenda Groth
pollinator
Posts: 4434
Location: North Central Michigan
10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
an interesting book review..guess it would be something to read if you are really into biographies of people who ilve in and by the woods..but basically don't waste your money if you want a good reference book..right?
 
Matt Ferrall
Posts: 555
Location: Western WA,usda zone 6/7,80inches of rain,250feet elevation
4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Correct,although  really a photographic biography of diferent woodland lifestyles currently practiced in England.The funniest quote is Ben talking about the horribly overgrown forests that havnt been cut since the 40`s(gasp!).
 
Brenda Groth
pollinator
Posts: 4434
Location: North Central Michigan
10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
double gasp 
 
Suzy Bean
pollinator
Posts: 940
Location: Stevensville, MT
12
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here is the amazon link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN/1856230333/rs12-20
 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 20404
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
bee chicken hugelkultur trees wofati woodworking
 
Suzy Bean
pollinator
Posts: 940
Location: Stevensville, MT
12
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I am putting together a book/dvd/magazine page for Paul, and to save him some time from making a (short paragraph) written review of everything, I figured I'd ask permie folks to write "what Paul would say" in each thread something is talked about.

So what would Paul say about The Woodland Year?
 
Burra Maluca
Mother Tree
Posts: 9041
Location: Portugal Zone 9 Mediterranean Climate
681
bee bike books duck forest garden greening the desert solar trees wofati
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
bump
 
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!