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Sustainability Reviews

Many of us would like to take a more active role in helping to sustain this planet for future generations, but sometimes the information available to us is a bit confusing. In this section you will find books that cover everything from basic recycling practises to building your own totally eco-friendly house.

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Permaculture in a Nutshell
by Patrick Whitefield

Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick WhitefieldSeveral years ago we reviewed The Earth Care Manual by Patrick Whitefield. The huge tome covered every aspect of permaculture in great detail and is a highly acclaimed reference book. It is a great testimony to the author, an experienced permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and writer.

But permaculture is still a topic not understood by many and Permaculture in a Nutshell, a revised edition of a book first published in 1993, serves to explain the principles and practise of permaculture in a temperate climate. If you are based in the city, the country or the farm, this compact book will explain how to live fruitfully and yet in greater harmony with the Earth and its people.

Patrick explains that the essence of permaculture is to work with what we already have: preserve what is best; enhance existing systems; and lastly introduce new elements only as appropriate. Every situation is different: there is no right answer, no one solution. Each country, each locality, offers different climates and different needs. One must first understand the principles of permaculture and then adapt them to the locality.

This book will certainly wet the appetite of anyone wishing to reduce their environmental impact and be part of the move to a more sustainable society.

ISBN 978 1 85623 003 2
Available from www.permanent-publications.co.uk.

Reviewed: July 2009

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Earth Writings
by Graham Burnett

When Graham left school, he was inspired by ‘the punk thing’. Lots of songs were about injustice and he was particularly interested in animal rights. He spent fifteen years campaigning, until he discovered permaculture and realised he could channel his energies into something positive. Graham is now an experienced permaculture practitioner, designer and teacher and a prolific writer, with articles appearing in many publications including his own self-published books. Earth writings is jam packed with many of these articles, together with his artwork, conversations and songs. The book is prefaced by Penny Rimbaud of CRASS, who is the owner of Dial House in the North Weald where many permaculture projects and training events take place.
Available at www.spiralseed.co.uk

Reviewed:
(Healthy Life - Mind, Body & Soul Magazine issue 7. Summer 2007)

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Permaculture A Beginners Guide
by Graham Burnett

Permaculture a beginners guideGraham’s 60 page booklet is intended to be what it says on the label – a beginners guide. Graham is also an artist, and the book is full of diagrams and sketches and hand-written notes explaining various concepts of permaculture – you feel as if you are peeping into Grahams very own notebook! Although intended for beginners, some of Graham’s suggestions might seem a little extreme. However, the information it provides is fascinating and extremely logical. We take so much for granted, and this little book certainly makes us realise some of the steps we can take to become more eco-friendly.

Available from Spiralseed, 35 Rayleigh Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7DS for £5.50 including p&p (or visit www.spiralseed.co.uk)

Reviewed:
(Healthy Life - Mind, Body & Soul Magazine issue 3. Summer 2006)

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The Earth Care Manual
by Patrick Whitefield.

The Earth Care ManualPatrick Whitefield is a leading permaculture designer, teacher and author. While attending one of his classes, Brigit Strawbridge was inspired to use permaculture design to build a new eco-home in Cornwall. If you watched the 8-part BBC 2 TV series “It Isn’t Easy Being Green”, you will have seen Patrick surveying the building and the land with Brigit and her husband Dick Strawbridge (the famous BBC TV Science producer).

The Earth Care Manual is a real tome, and worth every penny of its rrp of £39.95. Yes, if you want to build your own eco-home it will tell you how to, but more importantly it is chock-a-block with useful, realistic information and ideas to inspire ordinary people. It is extremely well-illustrated and well-presented, with a huge range of topics and lots of relevant case studies. Keep it as a reference book and dip into it now and again or, if you are already converted, read it from cover to cover!
Available at all good bookstores
ISBN 1-85623-021-X

Reviewed:
(Healthy Life - Mind, Body & Soul Magazine issue 3. Summer 2006)

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