Delighted to be with you today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful DEEPER INTO THE WOOD by RUTH PAVEY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it all and sharing my review with you today!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Following the success of Ruth Pavey’s debut, A Wood of One’s Own, which introduced readers to her four acres of verdant land in the Somerset Levels, Ruth reflects on the fate of her wood. Beneath the canopy of trees she spent 20 years planting, she sees nature’s forces changing rapidly with the diversity of species dwindling. When the rabbits suddenly vanish, she knew it was time to take a closer look at the undergrowth and what she could do to preserve the legacy of the wood for generations to come.
Interwoven with Ruth’s candid descriptions of the practical challenges of land management are forays into the Levels’ local history, as well as thoughtful portraits of its inhabitants both past and present. Accompanied throughout by the author’s evocative hand-drawn illustrations, Deeper into the Wood is a lyrical and inspiring story; a potent reminder of nature’s delicate balance and our responsibility toward its preservation.
PUBLISHED BY DUCKWORTH
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruth Pavey is the Gardening Correspondent for the Ham & High ( Hampstead and Highgate Express). She attended Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art , and a selection if her illustrated works appear in her books. Pavey has reviewed books and written features for publications including the Observer, Guardian, NewStatestman, and even enjoyed forty plus years of teaching in Inner London, she still live there surrounded by plants, books, friend, a cello and three cats, whilst making frequent trips to the wood in Somerset.
It would be a dream of mine to own my own little woodland – a little piece of paradise! – and Ruth Pavey made it happen in Somerset. And what you gain from this book is an insight to the love affair that she shares with this patch of land that she has watched over and tended and looks deeper into the changes she has noticed over the years and the constant battles she is facing in a world that doesn’t seem to value caring for the land, and the wildlife that lives on it and how she is doing her bit to do all she can to welcome wildlife back.
I loved the simplicity of this book in the message her writing shares – we can all do our bit to help the planet, but we just have to care and I love how switched on the author is to the slightest change in the goings on in her wood. The disappearance of the rabbits, the impact that changes in the nearby farms and towns have on the area and how important these patches of woodland are in the bigger scheme of things. How we need more custodians of woodland areas to take the time out and proactive in reversing negative changes.
This was such a lovely escape of a read – you could almost hear the birds singing and smell the fresh air as each aspect – the good and bad! – of her woodland journey is looked into. I know I’ve become so thankful to local woodland areas for an escape, especially over the past 18 months, and reading this book has helped me become even more aware of the positive impact they have on both the environment and the people using them.