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Finding herself in a new home in Brighton, Kate Bradbury sets about transforming her barren backyard into a beautiful wildlife garden. But while she's doing this Kate's neighbours continue to pave their gardens, 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? 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?

©2018 Kate Bradbury (P)2019 Soundings

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Wonderful listen

I downloaded this audio book on a off chance while searching for my next listen.
I am so glad I did. What a fantastic inspiring story of a garden brought back to life. It was interwoven with a memoir of the author.
Beautifully read by the author Kate Bradbury.
If just one person listening to this builds a garden to encourage wildlife, it will make our planet a better place In which to live.
It made me want to rush out and count the wildlife living in my wildlife garden.

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Inspiring

This book has thoroughly transformed my approach to gardening. It’s full of beautiful knowledge about wildlife and the potential in our gardens and shines a light on how we are destroying habitats without even realising. I am no longer guilt ridden about my so called weeds...bonus!
Kate Bradbury writes an honest and inspiring account of her experiences of transforming her tiny outside space on a shoestring budget, whilst dealing with major changes in her life. A beautiful and inspiring read.

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Gentle and powerful

This book is inspiring in so many ways. Kate shares her life's ups and downs, with the gentle change of the seasons. She talks in detail of the importance of wild gardening. I've learnt a lot about wildlife and looking forward to applying what I learnt when I move into my house with a garden.

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Brilliant audio book

Wonderfully read to bring alive the passion required for our lovely natural world
Wish it was longer

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Beautiful

Brilliant. Couldn't stop listening to it. Deeply relaxing, hopeful and moving. Just beautiful. A must listen to anyone who loves nature.

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Beautifully inspirational

I found this book really inspirational and I could relate to it on so many levels.
I highly recommend it!

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Delightful and passionate

Just recently moved into a new house on a large housing estate, so I was hoping for some encouragement as well as entertainment. Delightfully written and engagingly read by the author herself. More autobiographical detail and modern sadness than I usually go for, but I turned down the volume for the medical bits, and waited for nature to reappear. Fine, knowledgeable and expressive detail on plants, birds and insects. I shall certainly do all I can to look after bees; and have come away hugely encouraged. Thank you.

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Loved this book!

Beautifully told, I cried and I smiled. I loved this book so much I want to start again!

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I've never really understood poetry or had any patience for it. But listening to this audiobook feels like over 6hrs of wonderful poetry. An emotional rollercoaster of life and gardening. I adored this and will bully everyone into reading or listening too. Thank you.

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A Very Sad Tale

Very well written and told. This lady had a beautiful turn of phrase and puts different ideas in such juxtaposition that makes you look at the every day in a new way. Her use of repetition is never annoying and takes you on a journey to consider all of the implications of the things she has just said. This book is deeply personal and not always easy to listen to. More than once I was moved to tears but I am wealthier for having heard it.

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Detailed sympathetic memoir of wild gardening

The way a garden serves as a reason to enjoy the microdrama (to us) of the living things that reside within it serves Bradbury as the platform for her self-examination in a time of distress and renewal. Bradbury (and a few friends sparely drawn) brings us to the modern opportunity the garden has as the antidote to the anthropocene. If we're going to use so much of the surface of the Earth to live on, she feels, we should steward it more generously for our fellow travelers. Her own experience of remaking a sterile back garden as a place worth visiting for herself and her beloved urban wildlife is affecting. And for the American reader, the generosity she shows her (more or less ) native house sparrows and (very) native European starlings is an interesting twist in perspective.