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Arboreal: A Collection of Words from the Woods

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There was a public outcry in 2010 when the government announced plans to sell off much of the public forest, consisting of some 635,000 acres including royal forests and ancient woods. Such a widespread and emotional response led to a U-turn, it also tells us just how important woodlands still are, even if they are no longer part of our everyday life. No other landscape ma ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Little Toller Books
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Jason
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This feels like a deeply personal book, so many writers here are sharing the moment in their life that they first fell in love with the wood, others are sharing their favourite wood with the reader. It does feel wrong at times finding out such personal stuff, almost felt like I had stolen their diary.

I was pleased to see so many names that I recognised, Fiona Stafford has a brilliant book about trees, full of some fantastic facts so I was looking forward to reading her bit. Kathleen Jamie one of
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Paul
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Woodlands have always been essential to humans; for millennia we have used them as a source of food, shelter, medicine and warmth. This all changed with the arrival of cheaper fuels and imported lumber and sadly the historic use of our woodlands steadily declined. However, the forest is still deeply rooted in our psyche. This was proven when back in 2010 the government announced that it intended to privatise the forestry commission, including many ancient woodlands and royal forests. This led to ...more
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"Arboreal: A Collection of New Woodland Writing focuses on the relationship between people and trees, between societies and forests. Each selection is subtitled with the name of a particular forest or woodland. While Arboreal is set in Britain, it would be of great interest to anyone interested in history or the environment, and the collection has something to offer readers of several genres: the prose selections range from creative nonfiction to short story, and poetry and photography are also ...more
Nick Swarbrick
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
...and I turn at once to the chapter by Alan Garner...
Anna
May 05, 2021 rated it liked it
as with all collections with different voices, this was hit and miss. the ones i loved, i really loved (namely evie wyld, ali smith, sara maitland and philip hoare, along with the poetry by simon armitage and jackie kay and the brilliant playing with words, etymology and language by richard skelton). a lot of this collection was more about the scientific reality of the trees whereas i was hoping for more of the personal stories, history, mythology and folklore surrounding each of the authors cho ...more
Nicky Reed
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This is definitely worth curling up with. This anthology includes a series of short pieces by a series of writers and artists with a broad spectrum of interests in trees - professional, academic, artistic, political, or pure interest and passion.
These come, as you'd expect, with a range of perspectives, but some themes recur: the early work and direction of the Forestry Commission, in its work of managing British woodland, comes in for some serial pasting!
A love of trees, of woodland, suffuses
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