Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape


Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Orion Publishing
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Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: 23; 23 ISBN: 9781842124697 Categories: ,

Reissue in paperback of the revised edition of 1990, this book provides a complete landscape history of Britain’s trees, woods and hedgerows from prehistoric times down to the present. A key text for anyone wanting to “read” the landscape of Britain as we see it today.

Weight0.71 kg



A masterly account...of supreme interest...a classic of recorded field work and meticulous scholarship * COUNTRY LIFE * As an aid to understanding the landscape I haven't found its equal * NEW SCIENTIST * Have you ever thought about how trees are represented in landscape paintings? Even country-loving Gainsborough could hardly paint them in such a way that individual species can be identified by Dr Rackham * DAILY TELEGRAPH * This is the book that felled the romantic cliche of sylvan England ... There are heroes in this book as much as in any history but they are ancient oaks and beeches and hornbeams. Besides, how could anyone not want to read a book with a section on "What nettles say"? -- Simon Schama

Author Biography

Dr Oliver Rackham was a botanist and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. An acknowledged authority on the British countryside, especially trees, woodlands and pasture. THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE won the 1986 Angel Literary Award, the Sir Peter Kent Conservation Prize and the Natural World Book of the Year Award.