Channelling that innate human desire for working and playing amongst nature, it provides an artful take on the new horticulture movement and the role it can play in contemporary life.
There's something about connecting with the natural world that makes life better. Which is why Rakes Progress is as much a snapshot of the world beyond your computer's window as it is a guide to the tricky business of growing stuff. Flick through these pages and of course you'll see gardens, plants and flowers, but you'll also find photography, bees, tools, craft, veg, art, architecture, sheds, clothes, jam and, of course, rhubarb. Even if you never pick up a rake, if you want an antidote to the mad whirl of digital, there is something here for you.
In this issue Michael Hodges interviews Azuma Makoto, Simon Bray talks about the importance and meaning in everyday family photographs, Allan Jenkins gives us his dawn manifesto, Sean Swallow on why gardening is a refuge, Yan Wang Preston’s extraordinary project photographing ‘Mother River’, Tom Massey on the life changing Refugee gardens in Syria and Saddleworth’s lost landscape beautifully photographed by Spencer Murphy with words by Lucy Kehoe… all of this and so much more in a 224 page issue.