Trees in England
Management and disease since 1600
Author: Tom Williamson, Gerry Barnes , Toby Pillatt
“This book has no equal in the historical understanding displayed in how it sets out the life and history of England’s trees. It deserves to be read by anyone with a serious interest in the topic, and ranked alongside the classics of the field.”
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2018 Woodlands Award Winner
“Overall, this book provides a rich resource with data that can be used and quoted by historians interested in the countryside. It is likely to remain a keystone in understanding the English landscape for some considerable time. Indeed, it can be asserted that the volume will be firstly a must-read for those interested in the role of trees and woods in past landscapes, but also essential reading for people concerned with trees and future landscapes.” Ian D. Rotherham, Journal of British Studies
“This book provides a tremendous resource, with data that can be used and quoted by historians interested in the countryside, and is likely to remain one of the keystones in understanding the English landscape for some considerable time.” Jan Woudstra, Economic History Review
“This book is a must for those interested in the role of trees and woods in past landscapes, but it is essential reading for those concerned with the trees and landscapes of the future.” Jonathan Spencer, Quarterly Journal of Forestry
“This is a fascinating account which complements the scientific sources that we are perhaps more familiar with. The authors make a compelling and highly engaging case for factoring the lessons of history into our future activities… Landscape architects, planners, ecologists, woodland managers and arboriculturists take note!” Mark Pritchard, Chartered Forester
“This is a good read, very informative and providing a useful guide for anyone interested in the country's tree population and its management in the landscape.” Nicola Bannister, Landscapes Journal
“This is a very impressive addition to the literature on the history of trees and woodland. Tom Williamson, Gerry Barnes and Toby Pillatt have written a valuable book which uses evidence derived from the close reading of a wide range of historical sources to make an important contribution to current debates about woodland management and conservation.” Charles Watkins, Landscape History
“This book is a richly informative literary exploration of trees in the post-1600 landscape of England. It is targeted primarily at landscape historians, natural scientists and arborists; however, its value can be extended to anyone with an interest in landscape management, trees as a resource and the history of human interaction with the natural environment.” Jessica Treacher, Journal of the English Place-Name Society
There is currently much concern about our trees and woodlands. The terrible toll taken by Dutch elm disease has been followed by a string of further epidemics, most worryingly ash chalara – and there are more threats on the horizon.
There is also a widely shared belief that our woods have been steadily disappearing over recent decades, either replanted with alien conifers or destroyed entirely in order to make way for farmland or development.
But the present state of our trees needs to be examined critically, and from an historical as much as from a scientific perspective.
For English tree populations have long been highly unnatural in character, shaped by economic and social as much as by environmental factors.
ISBN: 978-1-909291-96-6 Format: Paperback, 240pp Published: Nov 2017
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