Oliver Rackham

Raspberry and quince by Sarah Simblet

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

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

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

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

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


Leaves on the line

British trees face a growing range of threats


Seeing the wood from the trees

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


Animals without Backbones

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

The Wild Places
by Robert Macfarlane

Child of the New Forest

Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
by Roger Deakin

All roots and branches

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

Trees with personality

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