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Literary Event, Thu 17 Nov 2016


Garfield Road,


Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.

The Running Hare, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn. Writer and farmer John Lewis-Stempel recalls an era before open-roofed factories and highlights the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile land that existed just down the village lane. He also brings to life the story of ploughland through the eyes of a man who took on a ravaged, chemically- doused field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland, flowers and animals, demonstrating it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe.

John Lewis-Stempel’s previous books include The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food and England: The Autobiography. His most recent book, bestselling Meadowland, was shortlisted for Countryfile’s Book of the Year 2014 and won the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015.

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Thu 17 Nov 2016 19:00


Special £5 ticket price for Richmond Card Holders



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Map reference: TQ 170729  Lat: 51.44301 Long: -0.31790

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Twickenham station


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