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Earth to Earth

A Natural History of Churchyards

Few spaces are as enchanting and romantic—with a touch of the tantalizingly morbid—as an churchyard.  From the earliest pagan sites to modern urban cemeteries, these burial grounds have always enjoyed a sacred, protected status. Their preservation, and their removal from the day-to-day hubbub of life, have led them to become tranquil oases in which wildlife can flourish—a microcosm of the natural habitat that has long since disappeared from their surroundings.

In Earth to Earth: A Natural History of Churchyards, leading horticulturalist expert Stefan Buczacki reveals the many wild animals and plants that thrive among the headstones, from the graveyard beetle to the mighty yew. He also explores the history of churchyards and the landscape, and he explains what can be done to conserve them for future generations. Accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations and selected quotations, this beautiful gift book reveals the wonderful natural secrets that can be found in God’s Acre.

160 pages | 112 color plates | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2018

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Reviews

"Creatively produced, Earth to Earth is less about churchyards per se than about the niche-survival behavior of plants and animals. Insight into this capacity transcends the geographical boundaries of the British Isles."

Texas Gardener

"If you have any interest in natural history or in churchyards in general, let alone in particular, this is a book you will enjoy. . . .  Beautifully produced, with a lovely green ribbon marker and filled with captivating and atmospheric photographs, paintings, and line-drawings, this book is a pleasure to look at. It is also an enormous pleasure to read, covering the way churchyards hold a special place in our history, imagination, art, poetry and prose as well as the more practical commentary on how certain creatures such as badgers can cause problems. For those in charge of churchyards, there is valuable information on how and what to plant to encourage or safeguard existing wildlife. A wonderful volume!"

The Garden Window

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