London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest: 2020


London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest: 2020 Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Safe Haven Books Pages: 224 Illustrations and other contents: Full-colour illustrations throughout Language: English ISBN: 9781916045330 Categories: , , , , , , , , , ,

Three years ago the idea of a whole book about London’s street trees seemed somewhat esoteric – weren’t they all just London Planes? But Paul Wood’s brilliant and acclaimed book has gone on to sell 5,000 copies in three printings, and become a fixture in London’s bookshops and museum and gallery gift shops, while the author is still busy leading his popular ‘street tree walks’ every weekend somewhere in the capital. And its revelations that London’s streets are actually an amazing ‘urban arboretum’ where you can find everything from Magnolias to Olive trees, Persian Silkwoods to Giant Redwoods, have even led local tree groups to plant the rare species featured in it to beautify their own streets. Now, to take account of all the new species planted on the capital’s streets since the first edition – from Persimmons to Pecans – Safe Haven is publishing a new, expanded, fully revised edition, that includes not only more trees but more of its hugely popular tree-walk routes. It should sell even better.

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'For someone like me who is not a natural naturalist, the book reveals a previously unconsidered world situated just outside the front door, or at most only a bus rode away.' Ian Jack, Guardian; 'An easy-to-follow, thoroughly researched and detailed book: a worthy addition to any bookshelf'. Natural History Museum Magazine; 'A brilliant book that will appeal to everyone. Very definitely a worthy celebration of the urban forest.' British Wildlife; 'A thoroughly fitting tribute to the largest and most fascinating living features of our everyday environment.' RHS The Garden.

Author Biography

Paul Wood writes the popular blog He is also the author of London Is a Forest (9781787133419), appears regularly in the media, and lives in north London.

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