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  • Discovering Green Lanes; Valerie Belsey

Discovering Green Lanes

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The essential handbook for anyone interested in green lanes including how to identify them on the ground, how to recognize them on antique maps.


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The appeal of the British landscape lies in its intricacy and variety, the pattern of `landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow and plough,` celebrated by the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. At the heart of this landscape can be found an ancient network of green lanes, some of which date back to prehistoric times. Although their number is shrinking fast, these lanes can still be enjoyed by walkers and others; they are also a refuge for wildlife, and reveal fascinating links with past times.
Discovering Green Lanes is the essential handbook for anyone interested in researching green lanes. Valerie Belsey shows how to identify them on the ground, how to recognize them on antique maps, and how to locate documents and other records which will reveal who used them in past times. She also discusses their ecological value, the current controversy about who should be able to use them, and how to get involved in restoring and protecting lanes in your area. Discovering Green Lanes includes useful contact information, key dates in highway history, and sample survey forms for recording wildlife in your local green lane.
`I salute Valerie Belsey as a tenacious champion of green lanes.` —Professor Michael Dower
About the Author
Valerie Belsey is a highway historian. Her first book on the subject of green lanes, The Green Lanes of England, is primarily concerned with their history. She is also the author of Devon Roads and Cornwall Roads, as well as short stories, poems, and plays on environmental topics.

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Author Belsey, Valerie
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