Hedge Britannia: A Curious History of a British Obsession (Hardback)
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Hedge Britannia: A Curious History of a British Obsession (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 10/05/2012
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BBC Radio Four Book of the Week Hedge Britannia is a portrait of the nation unlike any other. It is a tale of how agricultural and gardening traditions came to the British Isles, and of how our ideas of territory, neighbours and boundaries came to define town and country alike. Over the centuries we have proved ourselves to be a nation of ardent hedge-growers and this has shaped the landscape we know today. From rolling acres to suburban plots, nothing would be quite the same if the hedge had not made its appearance. It was the arrival of hedges that turned the forests and open pastures of our ancestors into a land of segregated fields, twisting hedgerows, enclosed gardens and, eventually, over-the-top topiary, decorative borders and controversial leylandii. Hugh Barker, a hedge enthusiast, has journeyed across Britain to explore its remarkable variety of gardens and hedgerows. Over the course of his travels he discovers how hedges are among our most ancient monuments, meets hedgelaying champions and topiary fanatics, and sees the lengths to which some people will go to annoy the neighbours. Along the way he tells how the garden hedge became associated with paradise, why the British army planted a barrier hedge hundreds of miles long in India, and how the notorious enclosures during the Industrial Revolution turned the country upsidedown. Informative, revealing, anecdotal and just a little eccentric, this is a sweeping history of Britain as you've never seen it before.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408801864
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 441 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Genuinely eccentric but lively and informative * Independent *
One fruit in an orchard of idiosyncratic writing -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
Delightful ... Rather charming * Daily Mail *
A quirky idea, brilliantly realised * Independent i *

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