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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856230333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856230339
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Ben Law's remarkable gifts, besides being arguably Britain's greatest living woodsman, is a knack for inspiring others. The Woodland Year is a month-by-month journey through Ben's woodland in the Sussex Weald, and a celebration of every aspect of sustainable woodland management. In words that are often lyrical but always ungilded, he describes a way of life that is both economically and ecologically viable. As such, it holds some of the fundamental keys to how we can achieve a more sustainable, lower carbon society. Ben is a true pioneer and is quite simply creating a woodland renaissance in Britain. Read this, and you will surely want to be part of it. --From the Foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, TV chef, author and campaigner

Ben Law has written a wonderful account of life as a woodsman taking the reader through the natural cycle of a calendar year. As I read I found the connection that Ben has with nature almost hypnotic and strangely calming. I could almost feel the surroundings he described. This is a beautifully presented book with inspiring ideas and Permanent Publications should be proud of what they have produced. If you buy this book for someone just make sure they agree to lend it back to you. Or better still get yourself a copy at the same time. --Richard Barnett, New Forest Transition

It is not only the beauty of the photographs that brings this book to life. It is the intimacy of the writing and Ben Law's extraordinary, wide-ranging knowledge about woods. This is not a how to book for a trainee woodsman. It is more of a lyrical call for readers to work more in harmony with nature, and to appreciate the resources that lie around them. As such it works. I, for one, will be walking in my local woods with my eyes newly attuned to my surroundings. --Clare Reddaway on www.greenprophet.com

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Ben Law has always had a passion for healthy, biodiverse farms and woodlands. Having gained an Advanced National Certificate in Agriculture, Ben became a shepherd and set up a conservation landscaping business, specialising in ponds and wild flower meadows. Bens appearance on Channel 4's Grand Designs is the most watched in the series history, is the hosts and publics favourite episode and was one of the 25 programmes chosen to represent Channel 4's 25th anniversary. Ben visited the Amazon in the late 1980s looking for positive solutions to deforestation and on his return set up and directed the charity, The Forest Management Foundation, working primarily with community forestry in Papua New Guinea. He has also worked for Oxfam as a permaculture consultant. Ben was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council and has lived and worked at Prickly Nut Woods in West Sussex, UK, since 1991; training apprentices and running courses on sustainable woodland management, eco-building and permaculture design. He runs a specialist eco-building company, The Roundwood Timber Framing Company Limited.


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Ben Law is an inspiring pioneer of a woodland renaissance which is transforming the way we can live. This book takes us on a journey through the year ,connecting us to the flow of the seasons, and putting us in touch with others who work the land.Its written well, beautifully illustrated, and full of well observed detail. Its one of my favourite books to return to as each month turns.
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The Woodland Year is a beautifully photographed and produced book. It follows the work and activities month by month in Prickly Nut Wood where Ben Law lives and works, and also in a selection of woodlands around the UK. Each month starts with Bens contribution and description of what he does that month in his woodland, giving information and recipes. Each month also has a contribution from a woodsman working in another area of the country, telling how they make their living and look after the woodland.

Beautifully photographed, this book is an inspiration to many who yearn for a simpler way of life, more in tune with nature and the traditional crafts. In a time when many of us are turning away from the high stress fast paced life developed in the twentieth century, a look through this book will remind us of the simple pleasure and contentment that can be gained from a closer connection to the land within which we are lucky enough to live.
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I found this book very interesting and informative. It describes the various trees grown in the native woodlands, and what the trees are used for. The author explains what work is carried out throughout the year, what can be eaten, i.e. toadstools and squirrels, along with recipes, some of which sounds delicious, don't think I'll try the squirrels though. After reading this book I envy those who work in the woodlands, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities.
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That may sound a tad dramatic as a title for a book review. Maybe it is but my wife gave me this as a birthday present a couple of years ago. After reading Ben and his guest's experiences with woodland and coupling them with my own a sort of fog was lifted. I know where my future lies and it is simply down to me to achieve it. A great book with lots of information rammed in to it. If you are a home brewer the recipes are good oh!
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The book starts in November with the beginning of the coppicing season and takes us through, month by month, the activities of the woodland year. Each month, as well as Ben Law's own account of his month's activities, there is a contribution from another woodsman or woman working in a different part of the country, and each has their own character, style and particular interests. Timber-framed buildings, working with horses, green wood furniture making, uses and habit of trees, cooking with woodland produce, all feature in the wonderful book.

One thing I didn't like so much was Ben Law's evident enthusiasm for eating his fellow woodland inhabitants, from squirrels to deer. But don't let that put you off this otherwise wonderful woodland companion.
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This was a birthday gift to my other half and finished it in less than 3 weeks and said it's a great book - perfect for those who are into woodland living/ woodland crafting!
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