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

Jeremy Purseglove



Mathematics & Sciences;
Conservation of wildlife & habitats;
Sustainable agriculture;
Natural & wild gardening;
The natural world, country life & pets


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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.

By:   Jeremy Purseglove
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   451g
ISBN:   9781788161596
ISBN 10:   1788161599
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jeremy Purseglove was born in Africa and grew up in Singapore, Trinidad and Kent. Working as an environmentalist in the water industry, he helped pioneer a new approach to reducing floods which also preserved the beauty of rivers. This culminated in a TV series and influential book, Taming the Flood, first published in 1986 and revised in 2017. In 1989 he joined an engineering consultancy, where he worked around the world with engineers to promote practical development while enhancing wetlands, forests and flower-rich meadows.

[Purseglove] has done more to protect nature than David Attenborough ... an unapologetic and often moving memoir * New Scientist * An engrossing and eye-opening book, epic in scope, surprisingly enjoyable, astute, wise and profoundly important. -- Richard Smyth * Geographical * Offers hope. Never underestimating the damage we have done, nor the difficulty of repair, his is a positive message. -- Lord Deben * Country Life * Praise for Jeremy Purseglove's Taming the Flood: 'Jeremy Purseglove has a gift that is increasingly rare in these days of scientific specialization - of joining practical wisdom about working with nature and the land to an imaginative appreciation of their place in our history and culture.' -- Richard Mabey A pioneering and counter-culture work -- Oliver Rackham It is a celebration of life in and around the water and it is an eloquent plea to water engineers, to farmers and to Government to respect that life -- BBC Wildlife

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