In one of our early webinars – The Wisdom of the Ancients – all the way back in May 2020, we asked our speakers what book about trees they would recommend to people.
The question was entirely unexpected but both of our speakers that day happened to have their favourites immediately to hand. Jill Butler opted for Pasture Woodlands in Lowland Britain by Paul Harding and Francis Rose, and Grazing Ecology and Forest History by Frans Vera. Kamil Witkos-Gnash also chose two books – The Afterlife of a Tree by Andrzej Bobiec et al., and Ancient and Other Veteran Trees: Further Guidance on Management by David Lonsdale. Since then, we have asked the same question at many more webinars, and to tie in with the annual ARB Magazine book round-up, we thought we would publish the list here. It contains some classic reference works, a few surprises and a couple of titles which are not tree-related but are certainly worth a look. Hopefully you might find some inspiration in there. How many have you read already?
||Shogun, James Clavell
||The CODIT Principle, Dirk Dujesiefken and Walter Liese
||Pasture Woodlands in Lowland Britain, Paul Harding and Francis Rose.
Grazing Ecology and Forest History, Frans Vera.
The Bayeux Tapestry
||The Afterlife of a Tree, Andrzej Bobiec, Jerzy M. Gutowski, William F. Laudenslayer, Paweł Pawlaczyk and Karol Zub.
Ancient and Other Veteran Trees: Further Guidance on Management, David Lonsdale
||Design with Nature, Ian McHarg.
City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century, Henry Lawrence.
Landscape Architecture Theory, Michael Murphy
||Bonsai Shohin Passion, Roland Schatzer
||The Golden Spruce, John Vaillant
||The Man who Planted Trees, John Giono
||Trees and Woodland in the British Countryside, Oliver Rackham.
Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake
||In Praise of Plants, Francis Halle
||The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
||The Book of Seeds, Paul Smith
||The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
||Mycelium Running, Paul Stamets
||Ancient Woodland, Oliver Rackham
|Sir Harry Studholme
||Sylva, John Evelyn
||Photographing Trees, Edward Parker
||Between Earth and Sky, Nalini Nadkarni
||Shinrin-Yoku, Qing Li
||Heritage Trees Wales, Archie Miles
||Understanding Cairo: The Logic of a City out of Control, David Sims
||The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng
||Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management, David Lonsdale.
Tree Form, Size and Colour, John St Bodfan Gruffydd
||Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori
||Extraordinary Insects, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
||The Lion Children, Angus Maisie and Travers McNeice.
Collins Gem Guide to Trees
||The Book of Trees, Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowsji.
The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges, Charles Mynors
This article was taken from Issue 192 Spring 2021 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.