The history of the countryside

Re-reading Oliver Rackham.

“In South Wales, in contrast, surprisingly much of the ancient landscape has survived industrialization, but there are few pollen diagrams, few medieval documents, few maps earlier than 1750, few timber buildings, few ancient woods in good condition – a historical ecology can be written but it is hard work.”

Oliver Rackham The History of the Countryside 1986 Dent.


(Enclosure and hut lost in overgrown winberry and heather)


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