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Memoirs and Biography
A Lakeland Boyhood  

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  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-61-8

  • Published May 2020

  • Price £12.00 + postage

  • 192 pages

  • Illustrated with 35 photographs

 

 

 

About this Book:

David Clark has always believed the Lake District is a special place. His memoirs of the forties and fifties give a unique insight into a thriving rural community of working people which is now long gone. His warm style brings to life his happy years growing up in a family struggling to make ends meet; including facing eviction, which made a lasting impression on him. Working on the land meant the family lived close to nature and he learned the names of all the local flora and fauna.
He rejected a job on a farm for one in forestry. Fifty years later he became chairman of the Forestry Commission. After going to university as a mature student, in 1970 he was elected to Parliament where he spent almost fifty years including a spell in the Cabinet as well as being dubbed the ‘first green MP’. Later he led the successful campaign for World Heritage Status for the Lake District.
The author maintains that those early years of difficulty and freedom shaped his approach to life. He never forgot the experiences and injustices, he simply set about putting matters right.This book is more than nostalgic recollections and once you have read it the Lake District will never seem quite the same again.

The Lake District is a wonderful place to live as well as visit. Only just over forty thousand of us are residents and we welcome nineteen million visitors each year who come to enjoy its beauty. We understand why they come, after all we have chosen to live here. Its appeal is universal.
However, it wasn’t always viewed in this light. Before Wordsworth, Daniel Defoe in his tour of Britain between 1724-6, described the area as, “…the wildest, most barren and frightful of any that I have passed over in England.”
Since then opinions have changed as has the landscape itself – at the hands of man. The reality is that the beauty of Lakeland is shaped by nature and then moulded by human activities. The sheep and cattle farmers of the uplands cleared the scrub trees and opened up the fells to grazing, providing humans with inspirational views and the freedomto roam at will.
The Lake District is a wonderful place to live as well as visit. Only just over forty thousand of us are residents and we welcome nineteen million visitors each year who come to enjoy its beauty. We understand why they come, after all we have chosen to live here. Its appeal is universal.

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

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