'Wonderfully intense and honest - a poignant manual of how to grow hope
against the odds.' Chris Packham, TV presenter and author of Fingers in
the Sparkle JarFinding 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
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?
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway : A memoir of love, loss and muddy hands - Kate Bradbury
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