This part of the rural Weald is one of the most intact, beautiful, and biologically rich areas of countryside in England. Yet it is profoundly threatened by the hyper-development of our region.

This book is an essential tool for all who love this countryside and its wildlife and want to help defend and nurture it.

Its chapters describe the area’s wildlife, geology, and landscape history. There are chapters on its forests, woods, ancient trees, archaic grassland and heath, rivers and waterlands, as well as farming and landownership, and the threats this countryside faces.

This book focusses on the unknown and little known green spaces of this countryside, for what the eye does not see, the heart will not grieve over.