Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture
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This is the first book on the history of trees in Britain's towns and cities and the people who have planted and cared for them.
It is an authoritative account of the trees in our urban landscapes from the Romans to the present day, including public parks, private gardens, streets, cemeteries and many other open spaces. It charts how our appreciation of urban trees and woodland has evolved into our modern understanding of the many environmental, economic and social benefits of our urban forests.
A description is also given of the various threats to these trees over the centuries, such as pollution damage during the Industrial Revolution and the recent ravages of Dutch elm disease. Central and local government initiatives are examined together with the contribution of civic and amenity societies. However, this historical account is not just a catalogue of significant events but gives a deeper analysis by exploring fundamental issues such as who owned those treed landscapes, why they were created and who had access to them.
It will appeal to those with an interest in garden history, heritage landscapes and the natural and built environment. Its meticulous referencing will also ensure it is much appreciated by students and academics pursuing further reading and research and written by an internationally renowned arboriculturist who combines a passion for trees with a sound understanding of British social and cultural history.
©2015 Paperback 262 pp.