St Kilda and the Wider World
Tales of an Iconic Island
Once home to the most remote community in the British Isles and now a World Heritage Site, St Kilda is often seen as a tragedy; a doomed settlement that, after centuries of struggling to eke out a living on the edge of the Atlantic, finally abandoned the island in the evacuation of 1930. The landscape archaeologist Andrew Fleming questions those St Kilda ‘mythologies’ and ‘de-isolates’ the remote archipelago by setting its history within the wider context of northern Scotland. Off-mint.
North Downs Landscapes
Exploring the Glorious English Countryside on London's Doorstep
Stretching approximately 100 miles from Dover through rolling Kentish farmland and along the southern fringe of London to Farnham in Surrey, the North Downs offer some of the most unspoilt countryside and spectacular views within easy reach of the capital. Illustrated with full-page colour photographs, this book follows the course of the Downs, explores their history, geography, geology, ecology and wildlife, and charts the campaigns to protect them from encroaching development.
Broads, Brecks, Staithes and Churches
Closer to the Netherlands than to London, Norfolk is England’s most easterly county, bounded on two sides by the North Sea and the Wash. For many, its abiding image is of flat expanses beneath huge skies. This photographic exploration reveals the rich variety of Norfolk’s landscape: its lanes and byways, the medieval splendour of Norwich Cathedral, the round-towered churches, the fens and saltmarshes, and the fragile habitat of the Brecklands.
Deer and People
Despite deer being central to human cultures throughout time, from hunter-gatherers to post-medieval deer hunting, this is the first multi-disciplinary volume dedicated to research into human–cervid relationships. Covering Europe, North America and Asia, the 24 essays range from the archaezoology of deer to the image of the courtly huntress and include studies of dispersal patterns, exploitation, symbolic significance, and effects on landscape and land management.
An Author and a Gardener
The Gardens and Friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston
This book charts the unlikely friendship between the novelist Edith Wharton – a much-photographed celebrity – and the publicity-shy garden designer Laurence Johnston. Illustrated with period photographs, maps and plans, it explores both the gardens they created, and the ones they visited in search of inspiration.
Pastoral Influences on Poetry, Painting and the Design of Landscape
How has our landscape been shaped by the concept of Arcadia – the pastoral paradise nostalgically evoked in the classical poetry of Theocritus and Virgil? Landscape architect Allan Ruff traces the Arcadian tradition in the management of land and in its artistic depictions, from the ancient world, through Renaissance Italy, to modern England, America and the Netherlands. Ruff ends by considering how Arcadian ecology is now influencing sustainable urban design in the regeneration of sites such as London’s Olympic Park.
Ancient Trees in the Landscape
Norfolk's Arboreal Heritage
Norfolk is rich in woodlands, many of which have been traditionally managed for centuries, but this account of the county's ancient trees is of more than local interest: it is an exploration of how trees can be studied as part of the landscape. Among the topics discussed are the dating of trees; trees of farmland and hedgerow; woods and wood- pastures; orchards, pine rows and willow lines; and how trees have been used in parks, gardens and churchyards.
The Ecology of Enclosure
The Effect of Enclosure on Society, Farming and the Environment in South Cambridgeshire, 1798-1850
South Cambridgeshire has some of the richest arable land in England and has been cultivated for millennia. By 1800, industrialization and massive population growth had resulted in an enormous increase in the demand for food, which in turn led to enclosure. This book presents a study of social and agricultural life in South Cambridgeshire before enclosure, then describes the process of enclosure and its effects on society, farming and the environment in the region between 1798 and 1850.