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A Wood of One’s Own
Ruth Pavey, A Wood of One’s Own
  • ISBN: 9780715653678
  • Pages: 256
  • Illustrations: Black & white line drawings by the author
  • Publisher: Duckworth
  • Binding: Paperback

A Wood of One’s Own

Ruth Pavey

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A Wood of One’s Own is the story of how Ruth Pavey grew to understand and then shape derelict land into a verdant landscape rich with wildlife.

After years spent living in London, Ruth Pavey yearned to reconnect with the countryside. Touring the West Country in the late 1990s, she found herself in the Somerset Levels and set out to plant a wood, tree by tree. She bought four acres and transformed them into a haven where woodland plants and creatures could flourish. Interwoven with her descriptions of the practical challenges she faced are forays into the Levels’ local history, as well as portraits of its inhabitants both past and present. The author’s hand-drawn illustrations accompany her lyrical prose.

‘Delightful . . . Pavey writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life’ Penelope Lively

‘Captivating and grounded . . . If this book was not as much a pleasure to write as it is to read, I’ll eat my hat and gardening glove’ Observer

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