NEW! HGN Book Club!

Are you interested in a quarterly HGN Book Club, reading books on environmental subjects and meeting (probably online initially) to discuss them?

Which book would you like to read and discuss? For the first meeting would you prefer a classic? a recent best-seller? or a new publication?  A new publication would not be available from libraries or second-hand bookshops, so readers would have to buy new copies, whereas a classic or a recent best-seller could be borrowed from libraries or from friends or bought second-hand – but if you have already read the book, do you want to re-read it? We have come up with some suggestions for the first meeting.

E-mail to let us know if you would be interested in joining HGN Bookclub, and if so, which of the three books below you would like to read:

 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson:  The book was published on September 27, 1962, documenting the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry’s marketing claims unquestioningly. It alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Did you read this book when it first came out, and want to revisit it? Or is a book you have always meant to read, but never got round to?

Wilding by Isabella Tree: Published in 2018, Wilding tells the story of the Knepp Estate, the rewilding project in West Sussex, UK, pioneered by herself and her husband, environmentalist Charlie Burrell. Is the Knepp ‘wilding’ project a vitally important experiment for working out what can be done to let Nature back into our farmed landscapes? Or is it a niche project that cannot be rolled out across the countryside? Was this a best-seller that passed you by so you would welcome the chance to read and discuss it?

Wild Waters by Susanne Masters: A celebration of the breadth of wildlife that can be found in and around our varied waterways, from oceans and rivers to rock pools and ponds. Published two months ago, this is a very recent publication. A book exploring a world that we know much less about than life on land, but with such a new publication, there is no option other than to buy it new.

If you do buy a book, please support your local bookshops. If you prefer to buy online, you can still shop locally at This is a website that allows you to buy books online whilst financially supporting your local bookshop.

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