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The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management Paperback – Illustrated, 11 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications; First Edition edition (11 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856230090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856230094
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben's brilliant book points the way forward for woodland management in the British Isles and beyond. It covers every aspect of what is in reality woodland stewardship, from both a practical and philosophical standpoint. This book is set to be a classic and will surely mark a turning point in our relationship with woods and the natural environment. --Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, WWF International<br /><br />The Woodland Way contains a vast body of insight and practical advice, all of it deeply rooted within a permaculture philosophy. The real power of this book, as of all great permaculture texts, is twofold. Firstly, you reach the last page and feel equipped to have a go at it yourself, and secondly you realise how different the world would be if more people were doing this stuff. Ben is a man who has a deep reverence for Nature and for trees and this shines through his writing. For anyone who still thinks that making a living from the woods means flogging the occasional greenwood chair and a few hazelnuts, Ben shows that well designed woodland enterprises can be serious business and that the surface has only just been scratched in terms of potential. The book's concluding chapter, 'The Future', sets out such a clear and common sense vision for the future that it deserves to be published in its own right as a small booklet. Ben and everyone involved in producing this precious addition to the permaculture library deserve our thanks for offering another steady step towards diversity, abundance and a world fit for our children to inherit. --Rob Hopkins, Permaculture Magazine<br /><br />Combines the idealism and philosophy of sustainable woodland living, with detailed practical and legal advice on how to do it. --British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

The Woodland Way contains a vast body of insight and practical advice, all of it deeply rooted within a permaculture philosophy. The real power of this book, as of all great permaculture texts, is twofold. Firstly, you reach the last page and feel equipped to have a go at it yourself, and secondly you realise how different the world would be if more people were doing this stuff. Ben is a man who has a deep reverence for Nature and for trees and this shines through his writing. For anyone who still thinks that making a living from the woods means flogging the occasional greenwood chair and a few hazelnuts, Ben shows that well designed woodland enterprises can be serious business and that the surface has only just been scratched in terms of potential. The book's concluding chapter, 'The Future', sets out such a clear and common sense vision for the future that it deserves to be published in its own right as a small booklet. Ben and everyone involved in producing this precious addition to the permaculture library deserve our thanks for offering another steady step towards diversity, abundance and a world fit for our children to inherit. --Rob Hopkins, Permaculture Magazine

Combines the idealism and philosophy of sustainable woodland living, with detailed practical and legal advice on how to do it. --British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

From the Author

My interest in woodland stems from a love of trees, from a heartfelt need to protect and be close to these vast beings that stand so patiently in one place, observing, dancing in the breeze and carrying with them a wisdom of time and knowledge of place that we can only dream of understanding.
Like many people, the threat to trees and woodland from our fast pace of modern life, the encroaching tarmac and concrete, sent my life in the direction of ‘looking out’ for trees. I have longed for their protection, their freedom to grow old and gnarled, and as I have grown closer to trees and observed our relationship with them, it has become clear that as long as the human race also inhabits this planet, the future of trees is dependent on sustainable woodland management.
We need trees to clean the air we breathe, for wood for buildings and fire to cook on and as a place to share our stories around. We need the leaves for protein, the bark and flowers for medicines, the fibre for ropes and clothes, the sap for our wines, the fruit and nuts for our nutrition and above all their presence for our spiritual well-being.
In the British Isles since the last Ice Age, we have systematically eradicated wilderness in the bid to become civilised. We have cleared the wildwoods and moved further away from the symbiotic relationship of the forest dweller. In our attempts to control nature, we have built large and powerful machines capable of cutting, lifting and debarking a tree in one mechanical process. Yet whenever we stop for a moment, She returns to reforest our striped lawns and uproot our highways. Her perseverance deserves our respect.
Modern forestry has degraded much of our landscape for the purpose of short term financial gain. In this book, I look for alternatives to this pattern, taking knowledge from traditional practices, linked to our future needs. We can work with nature, harvesting in ways that cause minimum disturbance and sustain beautiful and productive woodlands for ourselves and other species.
I welcome the return of the British Forest Dweller.

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