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Head of Zeus
Life at Walnut Tree Farm
02 May 2019 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781788547802

The story, mainly in pictures, but also in words, of the rebuilding of the 16th-century Suffolk farmhouse that the environmentalist Roger Deakin lived in from the early 1970s until his death in 2006.

Non Fiction / WND (Natural History)
Extent: 256 pages  Illus: 100 colour
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Life at Walnut Tree Farmby Rufus Deakin, by Titus Rowlandson

In 1970 Roger Deakin acquired Walnut Tree Farm, a semi-ruined Elizabethan farmhouse deep in the countryside of northern Suffolk, on the edge of Mellis Green, the largest area of common grazing land in England. The house's thatch and roof beams were rotting; pigs and hens had been its last occupants and the floors were ankle deep in shit. Leaving swinging London behind, Deakin bought the farm in a spirit of 'back to the land' fervour; and, in the coming decades, lovingly restored it. Deakin lived here until his death in 2006, dredging the moat (in which he swam daily), planting woods and buying more of the surrounding fields, where he grew hay and wild flowers.

Walnut Tree Farm became a place of pilgrimage and inspiration for nature-lovers, writers, intellectuals and artists, while Deakin's Waterlog has become a much-loved classic of nature writing and gave impetus to the wild swimming movement. Rufus Deakin and Titus Rowlandson offer a beautifully illustrated and designed record of the development of Deakin's rural paradise, centred on a series of photographs taken by Roger Deakin himself, which record both the rebuilding of Walnut Tree Farm, the unique character of a remarkable building, and the seasonal cycle of nature in the land and countryside that surround it.

 
Rufus Deakin grew up at Walnut Tree Farm and now lives in Spain.
 
Titus Rowlandson is the present owner of Walnut Tree Farm.

Story of a legendary place for nature lovers and wild swimmers.

Perfect gift for lovers of landscape.

2019 is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Roger Deakin's Waterlog.

MARKET: Roger Deakin; Robert Macfarlane.


'Life at Walnut Tree Farm records the work of recreating and maintaining a remarkable building, and the cycle of nature in the fields and hedgerows that surround it' Evergreen

'It's an accessible introduction to the environmentalist [Roger Deakin] for those who don't yet know his work, while his many fans will find it a treat to savour' BBC Countryfile

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