Robert Macfarlane

This book is the linguistic and philosophical bedrock of the North End Woodlands project. Robert Macfarlane—walker, observer, meticulous note-taker, former chair of the Man Booker Prize—says in the opening sentence to Landmarks,

“This is a book about the power of language—strong style, single words—to shape our sense of place.”

Open the links below to enter the spirit of this gentle man, who writes of the “power” that words “possess to enchant our relations with nature and place.”


Great Quotes

  • In The history of the Countryside (1986), the great botanist Oliver Rackham describes four ways in which ‘landscape is lost’: through the loss of beauty, the loss of freedom,
    p. 9


  • It is my hope…that the words grouped here might in small measure re-wild our contemporary language for landscape…they might offer a vocabulary which is ‘convivial’ as the philosopher Ivan Illick intended the work—meaning enriching of life, stimulating to the imagination and ‘encouraging creative relations between people, and people and nature.’ ” 
    p. 9
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