Books & links to online material
We are building a list of books and online material we found interesting. Some books will have a brief synopsis or review but not all!
If you know of books, online material or organisations which you feel should be included please let us know by using our Contact page.
Reading and the Climate Emergency
Click here to see Paul Sander-Jackson’s series of recommended reading. “This series of book recommendations is planned to play a small part in the refreshed website of Reimagining the Levels. Books can trigger crucial epiphanies, new insights, bring together previously separated strands of understanding….and so much more.”
- To Speak for the Trees, by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
- Silent Earth, by Dave Goulson
- Finding the Mother Tree, by Suzanne Simard
- Restoration Agriculture, by Mark Shepard
- Rooted, by Sarah Langford
- Wilding, by Isabella Tree
- English Pastoral, by James Rebanks
- The Lost Rainforests of Britain, by Guy Shrubsole
- Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake
- The Secret Life of Trees, Colin Tudge
- Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- How the Somerset Moors Work – An interesting article by the Environment Agency explaining how water is moved around the Moors when the River Parrett and the River Tone flood. https://www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk/how-the-somerset-moors-work/
- Somerset Tree Strategy – The strategy is a ten year plan to enhance and protect Somerset trees and woodland. It was was adopted by Somerset Council in 2023 and runs until 2033. . Read Somerset Council’s article about the strategy. Download the Somerset Tree Strategy.
- Wakelyn’s Agroforestry – Wakelyn’s was established in the 1980’s and has been experimenting and collecting data since then. https://wakelyns.co.uk/
- Making the Connections – RTL commissioned a report which addresses the threats which face the levels and moors and the opportunities and challenges they present. https://reimaginingthelevels.org.uk/?page_id=1585
- Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report – The SRA “Trees For Water” programme funds tree planting across Somerset including much of RTL’s tree work. https://www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk/flood-risk-work/sra-annual-report-2022-23/
- Somerset Climate Action Network – Part of the national Climate Action Network, Somerset CAN are active and have good information on their website. https://somersetcan.org.uk/
- Sustainable Food Somerset – originally called Wells Food Network, we champion healthy, sustainable, affordable food for all – food that is good for people, as well as for communities and, of course, the planet.
- Green Wedmore – coordinates, explores and encourages sustainable living as it could apply in practical terms to Wedmore and the surrounding villages. http://www.wedmoregreengroup.co.uk
- Sustainable Wells – aims to build community resilience to climate change. It focuses on renewable energy, repair cafe events, recycling and single use plastics. http://www.sustainablewells.org.uk
- Take Art/Cuiltivate – brings local food, the arts and communities together. We big up local food producers, share their stories and highlight themes from farm to fork to festival through the power of performance and creative arts. https://takeart.org/cultivate
- Somerset Food Trails – take place in July with a growing number of producers showcasing the smaller-scale, more nature-friendly farmers and artisan producers who are leading the transition to a new agroecological era of food and farming. https://www.somersetfoodtrail.org/
- Plotgate Community Support Agriculture, Barton St David
- Pitney Farm Shop and Café
- Farmers’ Markets in the area https://www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk/
- Climate Central – a wide range of information on the effects of climate change. For example the maps section allows you to look at predictions in your area providing clear images of flood risks for a range of criteria. https://www.climatecentral.org/
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