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The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Climates: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Countries Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications; New Edition edition (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185623021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856230216
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Earth Care Manual, put simply, is fantastic. It is what I have been waiting for for years, and it is what those of us in temperate climates have urgently needed. Patrick's considerable experience in the fields of woodlands and fruit growing shine through especially strongly, but the whole book is rich with vision and experience. What it offers is common sense solutions rooted in the culture and climate of these islands. This book is a clear and unarguable road map to where we need to go, an A-Z to sanity and common sense. Patrick has created a manual with which we can repair this beautiful jewel of a planet which we are fortunate enough to inhabit, and in so doing has given us a truly precious gift. --Rob Hopkins, Co-founder of the Transition Movement

Just occasionally a book is published that fully justifies its title and can even change the reader's perspective on life. This is one of those rare and inspiring landmark events. --The Garden Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society

A visionary, yet practical book. A few sentences in and I realised I was in the company of one of the world's great teachers. Patrick Whitefield writes as if he were speaking directly to you. --Reforesting Scotland

About the Author

Patrick Whitefield was a British permaculture teacher, designer, and author. He has been and still is an influential British exponent of the permaculture movement since 1990, and appeared in several television programmes, including the BBCs Its Not Easy Being Green (2006) and A Farm for the Future (2008). Patrick grew up on a smallholding in Somerset and qualified in agriculture at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire. He had experience of farming in Britain, the Middle East and Africa, and had been involved in organic gardening, nature conservation, country crafts and green politics.


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This is a really inspiring book and a great starting point for those who want to care about the earth, more. This huge resource can be digested chapter by chapter or can be utilised when you want some specific recommendations (e.g. on soil type, shade loving perennials or shape of a pond). Patrick goes into practical details yet still maintains the integrity of caring for the whole (Earth)
Straight forward diagrams and clear mindmaps illustrate significant themes and ideas. Plus there are lots of uplifting case examples of permaculture designs put into practice. There is also a good list of resources and sources of what you may require in implementing your ideas.
If you want to move beyond grumbling about the worlds problems and want to become part of the solution, then this book can guide you step by step through the process. I can envisage this book being useful at many levels, national and local and on both broad and home scale projects. I strongly recommend this book.
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Patrick Whitefield's new book The Earth Care Manual is a long-awaited, carefully researched guide to making a significant contribution to saving our planet. His style is wise and nuanced, almost conversational, but not fundamentalist. His approach is well balanced, and he frequently points out that the choices one makes must be unique to each situation. He offers a working method, tools, and an overview, to permit each indiviudual, with whatever land or space is at their disposal, to make a difference to local ecology. The book is clearly written, well presented and full of excellent case studies, references and resources. The scientific reasoning is clear and necessary, for the author urges the use of a scientific approach as opposed to a purely intuitive one. Ultimately this will attract more people to the ideas of permaculture and help it to enter mainstream planning practice. At the same time, Patrick Whitefield acknowledges the possibility of deep ecology and spirituality based upon an individual's deepening connection with nature and awareness of one's place in the complex web of life on earth.
This is a very important book of synthesis and vision which should be owned and read by everyone who truly wishes to make a contribution to improving the survival chances for life on this planet.
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This is a wonderful book, both inspiring and practical. It inspires those new to Permaculture into action, demonstrating that we can all make a real and important difference by reducing our personal "footprint" - our energy consumption, and by thinking environmentally about each decision we make. This book leads the reader back outside, into nature.
It is a must for anyone interested in growing their own food, natural building, nature, alternative energy, waste treatment,... On a practical level there are excellent case studies, details of crop varieties most suitable to our temperate climate, seasonal guidelines - for readers who have small gardens, large farms, window boxes, or communal gardens. For example, there is a wonderful diagram which leads a total novice to determine what type of soil they have by using a few simple tests.
For the more advanced Permaculturist, this Manual is a wonderful guide and reference book and a binding together of many ideas and priciples.
I could not recommend it highly enough. You will continually dip into it and find more and more excellent advice and techniques
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I've been into Self sufficiency, Organics and Alternative energy for about 30 years . I was the 2nd Soil Association registered farm in the south west of the UK in 1985.
This book is something very special. It updates and integrates all the above to the 21st century with a more holistic approach. Its very inclusive, anybody can apply the principles and practices carefully explained with depth and detail in this book. There are many real life successful working examples of permaculture in action not just the detailed theory. The more people that read this book the better our lives will be. Its worth every penny its as good if not better than the Complete book of Self Sufficiency was (for its day) back in the 1970's. Or William Cobbets Cottage Economy in the 1820's
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This is a wonderful book, both inspiring and practical. It inspires those new to Permaculture into action, demonstrating that we can all make a real and important difference by reducing our personal "footprint" - our energy consumption, and by thinking environmentally about each decision we make. This book leads the reader back outside, into nature.
It is a must for anyone interested in growing their own food, natural building, nature, alternative energy, waste treatment,... On a practical level there are excellent case studies, excellent illustrations, details of crop varieties most suitable to our temperate climate, seasonal guidelines - for readers who have small gardens, large farms, window boxes, or communal gardens. For example, there is a wonderful diagram which leads a total novice to determine what type of soil they have by using a few simple tests.
For the more advanced Permaculturist, this Manual is a wonderful guide and reference book and a binding together of many ideas and priciples.
I could not recommend it highly enough. You will continually dip into it and find more and more excellent advice and techniques
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