a Year in England's Eden

256 pages

English language

Published Aug. 26, 2020 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited.

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Beautiful and inspiring natural history of an ancient orchard

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Orchard takes you through the life of an ancient orchard in England with a chapter for every month of the year. The book beautifully describes the natural history and ecology of the orchard - including the relationship of humans to the orchard and its denizens. This is a system with extraordinary biodiversity where humans steward the environment, and while people harvest from it, the agricultural practices don't just make for bountiful harvests of apples and pears - they support a resilient, highly functional ecosystem.

It reminded me a bit of 1491 where you see people shaping an ecosystem to produce more things useful to humans but maintaining extraordinary resilience and biodiversity - and not requiring lots of external inputs (like fertilizers from fossil fuel).

Sometimes the noble savage tropes creep into modern environmental thinking, but this book made me think about how the ancestors of folks practicing and relying on …

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