Eco summer reads
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Date: 1 July, 2010

 

'Celia Brooks Brown brings a real-life perspective to growing food on a city allotment, with recipes and guides to growing fruit and vegetables month-by-month.'

The summer holidays mean a chance to relax a little and catch up with some reading. Here is a stack of books with an eco theme to start you off on a 2010 word fest.

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New Urban Farmer

The lowest possible food miles are for fruit and veg from your very own garden. Want to find out more about growing your own?

Celia Brooks Brown brings a real-life perspective to growing food on a city allotment, with recipes and guides to growing fruit and vegetables month-by-month.

Enjoyed it so much you fancy being self-sufficient? Try The Essential Guide to Back Garden Self-sufficiency: Feed Your Family from a Quarter of an Acre or Less

Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland

Over the last 20 years, the numbers of insects in the UK are falling, and this is affecting other animals and birds.

This book looks at the issues behind the decline and the priorities for conservation.

To find out more about the wildlife around us (even in the city, have a look at Chris Packham's Nature Handbook , and Bugs Britannica , more than just a guide to the world of invertebrates.

Lovely Things to Make for Girls of Slender Means

A book on making unique and cheap clothes season-by-season from recycled and foraged fabric, and repairing, darning and patching.

For more on low-cost living, see Low-Cost Living: Live better, spend less, and to explore why fixing and making feels good, read The Case for Working with Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good .

On The Slow Train: Twelve Great British Railway Journeys

Flanders and Swann’s song Slow Train mourns the railways closed in the Beeching cuts . This book celebrates twelve journeys that can still be taken by rail, one of the greenest ways to travel.

Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook)

Food doesn’t get much greener than when it’s picked for free from the hedgerow.

John Wright summarises the issues of conservation, safety and the law, and then covers more than forty species of food for free, with recipes.

The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature

Can we feed the growing population and preserve the environment too?

This is Paul Collier’s analysis of how the combination of profiteering and romantic environmentalism has blocked positive change, with practical suggestions for change.

If you liked this, you might also like his earlier book The Bottom Billion .

Chicken Coops for the Soul: A Henkeeper's Story

Keeping chickens, even in towns and cities, is becoming more and more popular.

Follow Julia Hollander as she learned about hen husbandry at short notice and learn a few things too. Want to keep something a bit smaller?

Try The Bad Beekeeper's Club: How I Stumbled into the Curious World of Bees - and Became (perhaps) a Better Person


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