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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway: A Year of Gardening and (Wild)Life

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By: Kate Bradbury(Author)

256 pages, no illustrations

Bloomsbury Publishing

Hardback | May 2018 | #239875 | ISBN-13: 9781472943101
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About this book

Finding herself in a new home in Brighton, Kate Bradbury sets about transforming her decked, barren backyard into a beautiful wildlife garden. She documents the unbuttoning of the earth and the rebirth of the garden, the rewilding of a tiny urban space. On her own she unscrews, saws and hammers the decking away, she clears the builders' rubble and rubbish beneath it, and she digs and enriches the soil, gradually planting it up with plants she knows will attract wildlife. She erects bird boxes and bee hotels, hangs feeders and grows nectar- and pollen-rich plants, and slowly brings life back to the garden.

But while she's doing this Kate's neighbours continue to pave and deck their gardens locking them away, the wildlife she tries to save is further threatened, and she feels she's fighting an uphill battle. Is there any point in gardening for wildlife when everyone else is drowning the land in poison and cement?

Sadly, events take Kate away from her garden, and she finds herself back home in Birmingham where she grew up, travelling the roads she used to race down on her bike in the eighties, thinking of the gardens and wildlife she loved, witnessing more land lost beneath paving stones. If the dead could return, what would they say about the land we have taken, the ancient routes we have carved up, the wildlife we have lost?

"Shines a light on the simple brilliance of life."
– Chris Packham


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Biography

Kate Bradbury is the wildlife editor on BBC Gardeners' World magazine, and a freelance writer for the Guardian, BBC Wildlife magazine, and Telegraph Gardening. Kate is a regular contributor to BBC Gardener's Question Time. Her book The Wildlife Gardener (published by Kyle Books, May 2013) was the Environmental Award winner at the Garden Media Guild Awards in 2013. Kate is a Butterfly Conservation Ambassador and A Focus on Nature mentor.

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