Oak: A British History


Oak: A British History Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Windgather Press
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Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: 10 col illus, 52 b/w illus ISBN: 9780953863082 Categories: , Tag:

The oak tree has long provided people in Britain with a wonderful natural resource. In this book the authors reclaim the disappearing forestry and carpentry skills of our ancestors and show how, in an era of climate change, oak can continue to enrich our future as a key element in an ecologically rich countryside’.

Oak: A British History explores how people managed and exploited oakwoods since Neolithic times, and the skills required in the use of timbers for ship-building, furniture and constructing houses. The appendix contains a list of historic and named oak trees in Britain compiled from 18th and 19th century sources and drawing on the work of N D G James.

241p, 10 col illus, 52 b/w illus (Windgather 2003, reprinted 2010)

Weight0.72 kg



Author Biography

Esmond Harris has spent a lifetime working as a forester, and is a past Director of the Royal Forestry Society. Jeanette Harris is a naturalist and author. Together they wrote the best-selling Reader's Digest Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain. They also run a small farm in Cornwall, which has won awards for its woodland renovation. N.D.G. James was President of the Royal Forestry Society and the author of several tree books. He died in 1993, having laid the foundations for this book.