Oliver Rackham

Raspberry and quince by Sarah Simblet

Warning: the beautiful trees in this book may very soon be extinct

31 May 2014 9:00 am

John Evelyn (1620–1706) was not only a diarist. He was one of the most learned men of his time: traveller,…

Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in Hyde Park incorporated within its structure several magnificent elms — a tree that has now all but vanished from Britain

The Man Who Plants Trees, by Jim Robbins - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Remember the ‘Plant a Tree in ’73’ campaign? Forty years on, has anyone inquired into what happened to all those…


The Tradescants’ Orchard, by Barry Juniper - review

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Elias Ashmole, fortune-hunter, scholar and collector, bequeathed his coins, curiosities and books in 1692 to form the nucleus of the…

A pollard oak near West Hampnett Place, Chichester c.1660 by John Dunstall

Of knowledge, life, good and evil

15 December 2012 9:00 am

The British Museum contains more about trees than one might expect: trees in paintings, drawings, sculpture, and all kinds of…


Leaves on the line

18 December 2010 12:00 am

British trees face a growing range of threats


Seeing the wood from the trees

4 September 2010 12:00 am

This book is a work of art by an artistic photographer.


Animals without Backbones

30 June 2010 12:00 am

What is a Bug? For this book, any animal that is not a Beast: the whole invertebrate realm, from the humble amoeba, through insects (more than half the book), to octopuses and sea-squirts (the distant forbears of you and me, lords and ladies of creation).

Long live the weeds and the wilderness

29 August 2007 2:23 pm

The Wild Places
by Robert Macfarlane

Child of the New Forest

8 August 2007 1:11 pm

Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
by Roger Deakin

All roots and branches

28 January 2006 12:00 am

This book covers all the trees that now live or have ever lived: what they are, how they function, how…

Trees with personality

12 October 2002 12:00 am

The English have loved ancient trees for centuries, have celebrated them in story and poetry, have given them names, sung…