A Tale of Trees: How Britain Nearly Lost its Ancient Woodland


A Tale of Trees: How Britain Nearly Lost its Ancient Woodland Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Short Books Ltd Pages: 288 Language: English ISBN: 9781780723020 Categories: , , , , , , , , ,

We are a nation that loves its ancient woods and trees. We prize our sturdy, noble oaks, lofty pines, bluebells and primroses, badgers and dormice. We value the history and heritage of places that have been woodland since before the Norman Conquest. But only a generation ago we were all set to wipe them out. In the space of just 40 years, more than half of our ancient woods were destroyed. How and why did this happen?A Tale of Trees is the untold story of how we nearly lost our greatest national treasure. It’s a story of tragedy and heroism, ingenuity and blindness, a powerful reminder of our essential connection with the land. And it will inspire the reader to go out and explore the precious ancient woods that remain, and delight in their richness.

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Derek Niemann cleverly weaves a cast of captivating characters into this meticulously researched, pacey account; BBC Wildlife Magazine; A timely reminder of the magic, delight, solace and physicality of ancient woods for adults, as well as children; The Guardian

Author Biography

Derek Niemann spent 25 years working for the RSPB, and is now a nature writer and editor. He is the author of Birds in a Cage and A Nazi in the Family. Derek has also written a number of wildlife books for children, as well as columns for the Guardian.