Willow Island Editions

Current titles

Richard Bell's walks, local history, natural history and sketchbooks from Yorkshire and the Peak District.

The Wilder Side of the Garden in Spring

Rough Patch'Richard Bell could be another David Attenborough, with his tales of astonishing plants and carefully observed wildlife – except that he never gets beyond his own garden fence.'

Terry Fletcher, Dalesman

I'm afraid that my Rough Patch, a back garden nature reserve with three raised veg beds in the centre, still looks as rough around the edges as it did when I compiled this 160 page sketchbook (A5 in black and white and colour) but that makes it much more interesting to draw.

If you'd like a copy, it's now priced £4.99 and that includes postage in the U.K.

'full of lively incidents and observations, not to mention a couple of poems, recipes and children’s drawings. We meet all kinds of creatures from the garden, from moths to bats, bees to newts, and even look up at the stars.'

Country Smallholding

Please let me know if you would like me to send a copy further afield.

Current titles

Walks in the Rhubarb Triangle
All Sorts of Walks in Liquorice Country
Walks in Robin Hood's Yorkshire
Walks around Horbury
Walks around Newmillerdam
Walks around Ossett
Around Old Horbury
Around Old Ossett
Sandal Castle
Thornes Park
Waterton's Park
Coxley Valley
Malham Magic
High Peak Drifter
Rough Patch
Drawing on Reserves
Wakefield Words


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