312 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
In this comprehensive and practical guide to the countryside, passionate and hugely knowledgeable countryman Alan Titchmarsh explores the heritage of rural Britain, its landscapes and wildlife, its traditions, customs and crafts. He'll look at the beauty of chalk downland, offer a checklist of British butterflies and where to find them and show how to make moth traps and wildlife ponds. He'll identify the best breeds of cattle for meat and milk, explain how best to look after a pig and the secrets of a successful small holding. From keeping chickens to dressing a stick, from dry-stone walling to creating a wild flower meadow, the essence of country life and the best places to encounter it will be identified in this celebration of the British countryside and its delights, skills and treasures. Lavishly illustrated, beautifully produced and information packed, "The Complete Countryman" will be an inspirational showcase for all that is best about rural Britain and will reconnect us with its wonderful wise ways.
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Alan Titchmarsh is an author and television presenter. He has written and presented programmes on diverse subjects including natural history and gardening. He is the author of more than 40 gardening books; natural history titles including "British Isles: A Natural History" and "The Nature of Britian"; three bestselling autobiographies and a number of bestselling novels. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, the "Daily Express" and "Sunday Express". Alan has presented the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show for BBC for 25 years, he has a weekly programme on BBC Radio 2, and hosts his own daily chatshow on ITV.