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This marvellous book traces the history of the British countryside from the late Ice Age to the present. It examines how indigenous plants and wildlife, as well as the general topography, have altered over the centuries, and how the changing nature of the landscape shapes our lives.
An acknowledged authority on the countryside and its history, the late Dr Oliver Rackham carried out research in the Botany Department at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
"It is the ideal approach to any consideration of the British countryside which seeks to bring past, present and future into harmony [...] This is a big book and a demanding one but it is not a difficult one. Nobody who reads it can fail to look at our countryside with a new and enriched vision."
- Desmond Hawkins, New Scientist