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Phoenix: Trees & Woodland in the British Landscape: The Complete History of Britain's Trees, Woods & Hedgerows

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Long accepted as the best work on the subject, this is both a comprehensive history of Britain's woodlands and a field guide that presents trees individually and as part of the landscape. Extending from prehistoric times up to the Middle Ages, it also describes the subsequent decline until the present century. "This is the book that felled the romantic cliché of sylvan Eng ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Phoenix (first published 1976)
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Steve Dewey
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of those books that overwhelms you with information, especially if you don't know your elms from your limes, but contains facts that will undoubtedly return from the fog when confronted by a woodland feature when your fuzzy brain will go "oh yes, I remember reading about that". It will also be a useful reference, I think, in years to come, as I wander and wonder about local clumps, copses and stands.
John
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a rare find.

The author took a topic I knew nothing about (trees) and made me passionate about it.

I don't know how I found this book, or why I started reading it, but I'm so glad I did.

This was the first history book I ever read that wasn't about war. Hell, the beginning wasn't even about people, it was just the history of nature.

What makes this book so great is that the author was so passionate about the subject.
G. Lawrence
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, very informative, and I never knew what a factoid was until now! (The author clearly finds them most annoying!). I must admit to skipping through some of the more technical sections, but really very well written and interesting
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Oliver Rackham OBE FBA (17 October 1939 – 12 February 2015) was an academic who studied the British countryside, especially trees, woodlands and wood pasture, Rackham wrote a number of books, including The History of the Countryside (1986) and one on Hatfield Forest. He also studied and published extensively on the ecology of Crete, Greece.

In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for "services to Nature Con
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