"I am happiest here in the intricate and moody countryside of South Wessex" Kenneth Allsop wrote in his last book, In the Country, which describes a year around his Milton Mill home in the deep valley at West Milton, a mile west of Powerstock, where he lived for a decade prior to his death. He was best known to British television audiences for his work on the 'Tonight' programme, which in 1960 was the BBC's first evening news magazine, but to American readers as the author of 'The Bootleggers' a definitive work on the prohibition era.

Kenneth Allsop cared above all for the countryside, particularly its bird life, and it was from his West Dorset home that he spearheaded the country's emerging environmental movement. Closer to home he fought bitterly to prevent the Forestry Commission from clear-felling what is now the nature reserve on Powerstock Common. In the process concealing the pain lingering from an R.A.F. assault course injury in 1943, which had led to the amputation , at his own request, of one of his legs in 1945

His last article in The Sunday Times concerned the effects of agricultural pesticides on the breeding of peregrine falcons which had been brought to the edge of extinction. Kenneth Allsops own life ended with a drugs overdose one May morning in his West Milton Home. He is buried in Powerstock churchyard, beneath the medlar tree which he had ordered only a couple of weeks earlier for his own home.

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