Exploring the significance and history of woodlands on the British landscape, this book looks at such diverse evidence as the woods used in buildings and ships, and how woodland has been portrayed in pictures and photographs, reconstructing British woodland through the ages. Aimed at the non-specialist, this book investigates what woods are and how they function. In lively style and illustrated with beautiful color photographs throughout, readers will learn: how woods evolved and how they are managed, the basic botany (understanding roots, partnerships, longevity, tree-rings), outline of woodland history, pollen analysis and wildwood, archives of woodland and how to study them, different types of woodland, and the rise and fall of modern forestry. This is set to be a classic for collectors and general readers alike.
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Oliver Rackham is the author of Ancient Woodland: Its History, Vegetation, and Uses in England.Review:
'Rackham has been a great champion for real woods and against the endless postwar conifer plantations - a campaign now largely won. Here he is writing not as a conservationist, but simply to share his prodigious knowledge of woods and trees with the reader., The Times '... A magnificent compendium of evocations, celebrations and warnings - the harvest of a long lifetime, gathered slowly but with unflagging passion., Guardian 'The Woodland Trust welcomes Oliver Rackham,s latest book celebrating the glories of our irreplaceable ancient woodland heritage. Restoration of ancient woods and creation of new woods is vital to creating a countryside which is more sympathetic to woodland wildlife, and which delivers benefits to society., Woodland Trust 'Magnificent, masterful ... For those of us who worship trees, Rackham is our (slightly grumpy) High Druid. A true classic., The Week
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110007315147
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007315147