As a child, Mabey hadn’t studied botany, having little feeling for plants in a conventional scientific sense. “But the idea of an entanglement between human culture and the natural world like that struck some chord in me. I thought it was a terrific story and I was quite sure there would be more examples round Britain. So I invented this book. […] “I believe in microcosmic views,” he says. “They seem to me not just powerful meta-phors, but actually the nano-bricks for rebuilding things. This is where it starts. There is such a multitude of things going on round here at a local level. I’m kept an optimist by that.”

Richard Mabey interviewed (The Guardian)

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