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Smallholding Manual

Liz Shankland, Foreword: Kate Humble

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The complete step-by-step guide

Author(s): Liz Shankland, Foreword: Kate Humble

About The Book

  • The 'Good Life' has never been so popular. More and more of us are searching for the perfect rural idyll - our very own piece of the countryside where we can live side by side with nature, produce our own food, and have a degree of control over what we eat.
  • Written by an experienced and successful smallholder, the Smallholding Manual is ideal for existing landowners as well as those contemplating a move to the countryside. Unlike previous books in this genre, it takes the reader right from that all-important Step 1 - finding the perfect smallholding to creating a viable lifestyle.
  • It offers a complete introduction to the myriad potential land uses and provides clear, step-by-step guides to getting to grips with enjoying a new, more fulfilling lifestyle.

Additional Information

Author Liz Shankland, Foreword: Kate Humble
Availability In Print
Dimensions 270 x 210mm (W x H)
Extent 184 pages, 322 colour illustrations
ISBN 9780857332257
Publication date 5 April 2012
Book Type Hardcover


Taking on a smallholding:

  • pros and cons,
  • commitment needed,
  • financing the move.

Finding the perfect place:

  • importance of location,
  • land needed,
  • common pitfalls.

Getting ready:

  • learning new skills,
  • planning how you will manage your land.

Legal requirements:

  • getting registered,
  • dealing with red tape,
  • livestock regulations.

Essential equipment:

  • finding the best kit to make light work of chores,
  • health and safety.

Growing fruit and veg:

  • improving soil,
  • extending the growing season,
  • planting an orchard.

Your first livestock:

  • buying,
  • caring for and rearing animals for meat.

Growing feed for livestock:

  • care of grassland, making silage and haylage.

Selling your produce:

  • regulations involved,
  • direct sales, farmers' markets.

Wildlife-friendly farming:

  • biodiversity,
  • habitat maintenance and creation.

Showing your livestock:

  • getting started,
  • preparation,
  • using shows to promote your stock.

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