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Home-grown Energy from Short-rotation Coppice Hardcover – May 1995

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Farming Press Books and Videos; First Edition edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852362897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852362891
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning writer and journalist George Macpherson was educated at St Paul's School, London, UK, and Seale Hayne Agricultural College (now Plymouth University, Devon). After several years working in rural development in Tanzania, Malawi and Botswana he joined the United Nations' International Labour Organisation as a Technical Advisor to the Government of Tanzania before returning to Britain, where he began learning his trade as a journalist and writer.

He later took up a post with BBC World Service as a producer, then Programme Organiser for the Swahili Service. He presented and produced music, medical, farming and wildlife programmes for BBC Five Live and BBC Radio Four before moving in 2006, with his wife Jane, to France to write novels.

Between them, Jane (a graduate in English and Drama)and George had eight children - now spread around Europe and Scandinavia. In their spare time they are heavily into classical music - singing in local choirs, while George learns the cello and plays it in a symphony orchestra. He plays flute in the town band and piano 'as required'. Both are students of the French language - on a life-long course.

George speaks several African languages including Swahili, Chewa, Tswana and a little Sukuma, which he learned from his Tanzanian first wife, mother of his four children.

George's is writing more novels to add to those already on sale in Amazon Kindle Store. His non-fiction books are also to be found from time to time, on and

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This work pulls together information on this ecologically acceptable use for set-aside land: growing willow and poplars for fuel. This "crop" is harvested every three years by cutting off the long vertical stems of trees close to the ground. They regrow to be harvested three years later.

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