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Oak: fine timber in 100 years

    Download this review in PDF of Oak: fine timber in 100 years, Size: 282 Kb   OAK: FINE TIMBER IN 100 YEARS We are particularly pleased to announce the launch of a ground breaking French book on Oak silviculture, translated by Bede Howell, which has been mainly funded by Woodland Heritage and published...

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Continuous Cover Management of Woodlands: A b…

    Download this review in PDF of Continuous Cover Management of Woodlands: A brief introduction, Size: 163 Kb   CONTINUOUS COVER MANAGEMENT OF WOODLANDS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION BY RODNEY HELLIWELL (AUTHOR & PUBLISHER) SPONSORED BY WOODLAND HERITAGE Rodney Helliwell's latest small book is a very clear and practical explanation of continuous cover management. In fact, short of going in...

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The British Oak by Archie Miles

    Download this review in PDF of The British Oak, Size: 85 Kb   THE BRITISH OAK BY ARCHIE MILES Woodland Heritage is proud to support this stunning 'Oak' book by Archie Miles Published by Constable & Robinson Ltd on 10 Oct 2013 £35.00 A major new work celebrating the Oak tree in Britain – exploring the history, culture...

01-11-2013 Hits:2846 Book Reviews

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Woodsman by Ben Law

      Download this review in PDF of Woodsman, Size: 118 Kb WOODSMAN BY BEN LAW Living in a Wood in the 21st Century Published by Collins on 28 Mar 2013 £14.99 “Ben Law’s house is my favourite Grand Design” Kevin McCloud Ben Law has lived as a woodsman in Prickly Nut Wood for over 20 years...

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The Silviculture of Trees used in British For…

      Download this review in PDF of The Silviculture of Trees used in British Forestry, 2nd Edition, Size: 100 Kb This handbook provides a detailed guide to the biological suitability to different sites and soils for all important native trees and the most extensively used exotics. British woodlands and forests are often...

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Ben Law's 'Roundwood Timber Framing'

      Download this review in PDF of Roundwood Timber Framing, Size: 55 Kb East Meon in Hampshire provided an appropriate venue to celebrate both building with roundwood timber and the launch of Ben Law’s new book - Roundwood Timber Framing.East Meon features some of England’s oldest standing timber-framed buildings some of which...

11-08-2010 Hits:3975 Book Reviews

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Wytham Woods Oxford's Ecological Laboratory

    Download PDF review of Wytham Woods Oxford's Ecological Laboratory, Size: 45.35 Kb Woodland Owners, Managers, Environmental Conservators and Naturalists will be delighted to discover that Oxford University Press has recently published a book on Wytham Woods written by Oxford University staff and other associated researchers. The contents of this book...

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Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

This book is the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It has been written with a broad readership in mind. It is aimed both at existing Windsor chairmakers and also at those who are perhaps contemplating making their first chair. Detailed...

02-03-2009 Hits:2820 Book Reviews

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"The Art of Ian Norbury"

Book Review "The Art of Ian Norbury" Foreword by Simon Channing-Williams Ian Norbury was introduced to me when I was looking for someone to do some carvings of birds for a film I was producing. We had a thoroughly enjoyable meeting, shared a glass or two of wine and Ian lit a pipe. It’s been like that...

31-01-2008 Hits:2924 Book Reviews

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"Remarkable Trees of the World"

Dr Tim Cutler reviews our choice of book - and tells us about his beloved Physic Garden In 1996 Thomas Pakenham enthralled us with his "Meetings with Remarkable Trees". This was a new kind of book which owed little to conventional botany. The criteria for selection and inclusion of the trees...

31-01-2008 Hits:3173 Book Reviews

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"The Red Squirrel - Redressing The Wrong…

The Red SquirrelRedressing The Wrong By Charles Dutton MICFor The red squirrel was once common in all wooded areas of Britain and Ireland. I can recall a time when seeing them scurrying among the trees on my farm in Co Meath was an almost everyday occurrence. It is now however fifteen years...

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Making the Grade by Ivor Davies & Guy Wat…

MAKING THE GRADE A guide to appearance grading UK grown hardwood timber Authors: Ivor Davies & Guy Watt I am proud to be part of the UK forest industry. Sitting on my desk is the new hardwood appearance-grading guide, which compares more than favourably with the equivalent French and American guides and considering the size of their resource...

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"Champion Trees of Britain & Ireland…

Book Review by Peter Savill CHAMPION TREES OF BRITAIN & IRELAND Owen Johnson (editor). Champion trees of Britain and Ireland. Whittet Books Ltd, Hill Farm, Stonham Rd, Cotton, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4RQ. 2003. Pp 192. 30 x21 cm. ISBN 1-873580-61-4. Price £25, or £17.50 (excluding postage) to Woodland Heritage members. This book lists historic, large, rare and remarkable trees...

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"Champion Trees of Britain & Ireland"

Book Review by Peter Savill
CHAMPION TREES OF BRITAIN & IRELAND


Owen Johnson (editor). Champion trees of Britain and Ireland. Whittet Books Ltd, Hill Farm, Stonham Rd, Cotton, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4RQ. 2003. Pp 192. 30 x21 cm. ISBN 1-873580-61-4. Price £25, or £17.50 (excluding postage) to Woodland Heritage members.

This book lists historic, large, rare and remarkable trees growing in Britain and Ireland. It is published by the Tree Register, a charity that maintains a database of such trees. Information is provided on 3500 ‘champions’ of 2020 different species or varieties. It is considerably more ambitious than its predecessor, the 1994 booklet Champion Trees in the British Isles, published by the Tree Register in association with the Forestry Commission. It has a short introduction by the renowned tree photographer Thomas Pakenham, who provides a history of the recording of ‘prodigious’ trees. This started with John Evelyn in his famous Sylva of 1664, followed by the publications of Loudon in 1838 and Elwes and Henry from 1906-1913. This new book originated from the records compiled by the late Alan Mitchell, though they have been greatly amplified since his death in 1995. It shows well that many hundreds of species and thousands of varieties of trees grow marvellously well in Britain and Ireland.

Almost half of the book is a directory, ordered alphabetically by scientific names of the species and varieties covered, 98% of which are non-native. Information is provided on origins, date of first cultivation in Britain or Ireland, frequency, and details of the champion trees recorded, including their locations, heights and diameters. The other main part is the Gazetteer which lists locations, by county, and then alphabetically by site. Where necessary, Ordnance Survey grid references are provided. The book also has good indexes, a glossary, a bibliography, 84 colour photographs and text boxes that provide additional information about some genera.

Douglas firs are the tallest trees in Scotland (62 m), Wales (61.5 m), England (57 m) and the Republic of Ireland (56.5 m). In Northern Ireland the tallest is a 57 m Sitka spruce. The rarest is an 11.5 m tall Ley’s Whitebeam (Sorbus leyana) in the Taff Valley in Wales. Only 16 wild examples of this species are known, all in the same valley.

The book will be invaluable to anyone who enjoys finding and looking at impressive trees. Unfortunately its dimensions, at 30 x 21 cm, make it a little unwieldy to carry around in the field. A handier pocket- or at least rucksack-sized edition would have been easier to use. Nevertheless, for tree enthusiasts, it is an indispensable reference book.

Peter Savill

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