Plant Conservation: Why it Matters and How it Works
Author: Timothy Walker
Publisher: Timber Press
I felt that it would be both very timely and apt to write a review of Timothy Walker’s book, Plant Conservation: Why it Matters and How it Works, as this book presents a range of activities that we as individuals can do, to help to conserve the plants on our beautiful planet. I say timely, as in this book, Timothy Walker shares the objectives of The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. These targets were set back in 1999; full of aims that it was hoped that the world would have achieved by the year 2010. Readers will find the 2020 Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, along with the objectives and targets that, with the right impetus, it was expected we would have realised by the new year of 2020, a milestone we will reach in just a couple of months time. If you’re looking to make any new year resolutions, then this book could give you the impetus and information to see a wider picture of how plants relate to us and how even small actions can help us to live in a way that will benefit plants, ourselves, and all the other creatures that live alongside us.
Plant conservation is not just an aspirational idea, it’s essential for the future of mankind; we rely on plants for every aspect of our lives. If you’re keen to discover how we as individuals can play our part to help to protect plants and maintain important habitats for plants, animals, insects, and future generations, then this is the book to start you off on your learning adventure.
Timothy Walker writes in a friendly and engaging manner, the language and terminology he uses is easy to follow and expansive. Despite this being an interesting but nonetheless serious topic, the author manages to retain his sense of humour, throughout this book.
With so little known with certainty about how life on Earth came to pass, Timothy shares some of the latest hypothesise and theories of how plant life evolved; where the building blocks for all life on Earth, were set in motion. If you’ve ever wondered about life on Earth began, this book may answer some of your questions.
Plant Conservation: Why it Matters and How it Works gives many theories of mankind’s early life and the journey of man and plants and how they shaped each other’s lives and futures. I think that this book would appeal to anyone interested in history, plants, nature, and the environment. There’s a focus on the importance and progression of plant naming and botanical keys, which may be an eye opener to interest those without an understanding of plant names. Although, I must say that it doesn’t matter a jot if you don’t know even one plant name; it won’t affect your ability to understand or follow this book. If a plant is mentioned, the plant’s common name is given alongside the plant’s botanical name. Many of the problems facing ecosystems in the UK, Europe, and all over the globe, are touched upon, informing the reader of the diverse threats that so many plants endure.
The future of mankind depends on our ability to conserve plants. At last, an increasing awareness of the real risks and challenges that our species faces are dawning on those of every age, in every circle of life. If you’re looking to gain a greater understanding of the threats that plants currently face and you wish to surmise what changes could be made to reverse a threatened plant’s fortune, then this book will help to answer some of your questions. Readers will also find information on seeds, seed collection and the best practices to assume to help different plant species survive for future generations to enjoy; as well as some of the facts, figures, and complexities, of invasive plants.
The latter stages of this book, in particular, contain some interesting and inspiring anecdotes that are sure to provide hope and ideas for anyone wondering what they might be able to do, or contemplating which organisation or botanic garden to donate to or support. One chapter features a couple of mentions of spraying plants with weed killer, which may not go down well with organic gardeners (spraying was not being advised – the recent cultivation of a newly created landscape was merely being described), but most of the other anecdotes are free from incidents that could upset anyone, so worry not if you’re contemplating purchasing this book as a gift for your in-laws. This book doesn’t have all the answers, but it raises many interesting topics and ideas.
Plant Conservation: why it matters and how it works would make a fabulous gift for anyone interested in strategies, plants, nature, biology, and gardening. This book would male a super gift for anyone with an interest in any area, aspect, or part of the the natural world.
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