Trees, Woods and Man


Author: H. L. Edlin
Publisher: Collins
ISBN: 9780007311071
Category:
Page: N.A
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A fascinating description of the changing fortunes of our forests, marked by an attempt to look at woodlands from the special point of view of the men of each succeeding age. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com Ever since the first New Naturalist book was published the Editors have planned to devote a volume to British trees and woodlands. Mr. Edlin's book at last fills this gap in the series, and fills it with charm and authority. Every page bears witness to first-hand experience of what he is describing. After training at Edinburgh and Oxford, followed by a period as a rubber-planter in Malaya, Mr. Edlin had charge of felling and replanting in the New Forest - work which has given him an exceptional insight not only into the reasons for the disappearance in the past of so much of our natural woodlands, but also into the re-establishment of forests by modern methods. Since the war, Mr. Edlin has been engaged in editing technical publications for the Forestry Commission, and, naturally, he deals with recent controversies over the planting policy of the Commission. But Mr. Edlin's book is by no means confined to problems of afforestation and the supply of timber. He deals in detail with all our important trees and shrubs, both native and introduced, against the background of their natural environment; and also has much to say about their uses and about the woodland crafts - many of them dying out - that have been handed down from the past. A particular feature of this book is Mr Edlin's fine account of the past history of British Woodlands, from the close of the Ice Age to the present day. His fascinating description of the changing fortunes of our forests is marked by an attempt to look at woodlands from the special point of view of the men of each succeeding age, as influenced by their 'social' environment and available equipment. He points out, for example, that the early settlers cleared the best forests first because a savage with a stone axe realised that this was the quickest method of getting fertile land for growing crops.

Trees, Woods and Forests

A Social and Cultural History
Author: Charles Watkins
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780233736
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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Watkins explores how our understanding of forests has transformed in recent years and how it fits in our continuing anxiety about our impact on the natural world.

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees: The Ash in Human Culture and History


Author: Robert Penn
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393253740
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it. Out of all the trees in the world, the ash is most closely bound up with who we are: the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. One frigid winter morning, Robert Penn lovingly selected an ash tree and cut it down. He wanted to see how many beautiful, handmade objects could be made from it. Thus begins an adventure of craftsmanship and discovery. Penn visits the shops of modern-day woodworkers—whose expertise has been handed down through generations—and finds that ancient woodworking techniques are far from dead. He introduces artisans who create a flawless axe handle, a rugged and true wagon wheel, a deadly bow and arrow, an Olympic-grade toboggan, and many other handmade objects using their knowledge of ash’s unique properties. Penn connects our daily lives back to the natural woodlands that once dominated our landscapes. Throughout his travels—from his home in Wales, across Europe, and America—Penn makes a case for the continued and better use of the ash tree as a sustainable resource and reveals some of the dire threats to our ash trees. The emerald ash borer, a voracious and destructive beetle, has killed tens of millions of ash trees across North America since 2002. Unless we are prepared to act now and better value our trees, Penn argues, the ash tree and its many magnificent contributions to mankind will become a thing of the past. This exuberant tale of nature, human ingenuity, and the pleasure of making things by hand chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.

The Wood for the Trees

One Man's Long View of Nature
Author: Richard Fortey
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781101911563
Category: Nature
Page: 336
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Award-winning scientist Richard Fortey, upon his retirement, purchased four acres of ancient woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there. Fortey leads us through the seasons over the course of a year, as he fells trees in winter, admires bluebells in spring, and hunts moths in June and mushrooms in September. Along the way he reconstructs the geology and history of the area, tracing the rich variety of plants, animals, and people who have shaped it, from Neolithic hunters to Tudor gentry to present-day Russian oligarchs. The result is evocative and illuminating: an exuberant biography of a small patch of land and the miraculous web of life that it sustains.

Out of the Woods

The armchair guide to trees
Author: Will Cohu
Publisher: Short Books
ISBN: 1780722362
Category: Nature
Page: 272
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Out of the Woods takes you on a revelatory ramble through country and city - from woodlands of majestic oak and ash to mean streets lined with cherries.Containing myriad tips for recognition and rich in tree-biography and gossip, this book will enable you to tell your birch from your beech as you pass at 70mph, and will inspire even the most unreformed couch potato to pull on the wellies and brave the local park in search of the national treasures scattered all around us.

Oak and Ash and Thorn

The Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain
Author: Peter Fiennes
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786071673
Category: Nature
Page: 304
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The magic and mystery of the woods and trees are embedded in our culture, from ancient folklore to modern literature. They offer us refuge, a place to play and a place to think. They are the generous providers of fuel, timber, energy and life. They let us dream of other ways of living. Yet we now face a future where taking a walk in the woods is consigned to the tales we tell our children. Threatened by development, neglect, climate chaos and ignorance, they are emptier – of flora and fauna, but also of people – than they have ever been. Immersing himself in the beauty of Britain’s woodlands and the art and writing they have inspired, Peter Fiennes explores our long relationship with the woods and the sad and violent story of how so many have been lost. Just as we need them, our woods need us too. But who, if anyone, is looking out for them?

Writers Directory


Author: NA NA
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349036501
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 1550
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Wildwood

A Journey Through Trees
Author: Roger Deakin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143910994X
Category: Nature
Page: 416
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Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees. Deakin lives in forest shacks, goes "coppicing" in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple. As the world's forests are whittled away, Deakin's sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world's marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience.

Norwegian Wood

Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Author: Lars Mytting
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9781419717987
Category: Nature
Page: 192
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The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson-like thriller; it's a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. Norwegian Wood provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it's also a thoughtful attempt to understand man's age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts.

Living in the Woods in a Tree

Remembering Blaze Foley
Author: Sybil Rosen
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574412507
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 262
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Offers a glimpse into the turbulent life of Texas music legend Blaze Foley (1949-1989). This book is suitable for Blaze Foley and Texas music fans, as well as romantics of different ages.

Trees be Company

An Anthology of Poetry
Author: Common Ground (Organisation)
Publisher: Marvel Enterprises
ISBN: 9781890132835
Category: Poetry
Page: 205
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A Sanctuary of Trees

Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions
Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603584021
Category: Nature
Page: 248
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As author Gene Logsdon puts it, "We are all tree huggers." But not just for sentimental or even environmental reasons. Humans have always depended on trees for our food, shelter, livelihood, and safety. In many ways, despite the Grimm's fairy-tale version of the dark, menacing forest, most people still hold a deep cultural love of woodland settings, and feel right at home in the woods. In this latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees, Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world. Whether as an adolescent studying at a seminary or as a journalist living just outside Philadelphia's city limits, Gene has always lived and worked close to the woods, and his curiosity and keen sense of observation have taught him valuable lessons about a wide variety of trees: their distinct characteristics and the multiple benefits and uses they have. In addition to imparting many fascinating practical details of woods wisdom, A Sanctuary of Trees is infused with a philosophy and descriptive lyricism that is born from the author's passionate and lifelong relationship with nature: There is a point at which the tree shudders before it begins its descent. Then slowly it tips, picks up speed, often with a kind of wailing death cry from rending wood fibers, and hits the ground with a whump that literally shakes the earth underfoot. The air, in the aftermath, seems to shimmy and shiver, as if saturated with static electricity. Then follows an eerie silence, the absolute end to a very long life. Fitting squarely into the long and proud tradition of American nature writing, A Sanctuary of Trees also reflects Gene Logsdon's unique personality and perspective, which have marked him over the course of his two dozen previous books as the authentic voice of rural life and traditions.

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World
Author: Peter Wohlleben
Publisher: William Collins
ISBN: 9780008218430
Category:
Page: 288
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Sunday Times Bestseller 'A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement' Charles Foster Are trees social beings? How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? In The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. A walk in the woods will never be the same again.

The Man Who Climbs Trees


Author: James Aldred
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 1328473538
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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A professional tree climber encounters gorillas, snakes, spiders, and birds of prey, as well as answers and perspective, hundreds of feet up, all over the world Every child knows the allure of climbing trees. But how many of us get to make a living at it, spending days observing nature from the canopies of stunning forests all around the world? As a wildlife cameraman for the BBC and National Geographic, James Aldred spends his working life high up in trees, poised to capture key moments in the lives of wild animals and birds. Aldred’s climbs take him to the most incredible and majestic trees in existence. In Borneo, home to the tallest tropical rain forest on the planet, just getting a rope up into the 250-foot-tall trees is a challenge. In Venezuela, even body armor isn’t guaranteed protection against the razor-sharp talons of a nesting Harpy Eagle. In Australia, the peace of being lulled to sleep in a hammock twenty-five stories above the ground— after a grueling day of climbing and filming—is broken by a midnight storm that threatens to topple the tree. In this vivid account of memorable trees he has climbed (“Goliath,” “Apollo,” “Roaring Meg”), Aldred blends incredible stories of his adventures in the branches with a fascination for the majesty of trees to show us the joy of rising—literally—above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.

And the Trees Crept In


Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316298711
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 368
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When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? In the end, Silla discovers that she, Nori, and her aunt have already died, and are trapped in purgatory, reliving their own lives since Silla first arrived, in an endless cycle. The man with no eyes is a construction of Silla's, formed from her own rage. The beautiful boy from the woods, who was once the love of her life, has attempted to save Silla time and again. Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

The Man Whom the Trees Loved


Author: Algernon Blackwood
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1775560066
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
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A lot of us like to describe ourselves as outdoorsy types and nature lovers – but what do phrases like that actually signify? In Algernon Blackwood's The Man Whom the Trees Loved, the writer known for his grasp on the weird and uncanny explores what it really means to love nature – and the bizarre things that can happen when nature loves us back.

My Side of the Mountain


Author: Jean Craighead George
Publisher: Turtleback Books
ISBN: 9781417704897
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 192
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Penguin Puffin Modern Classic Edition.

A Dictionary of the English Language

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Explained in Their Different Meanings, and Authorised by the Names of the Writers in Whose Works They are Found
Author: Samuel Johnson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English language
Page: 986
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The Wood


Author: John Lewis-Stempel
Publisher: Doubleday UK
ISBN: 9780857524584
Category: Cockstutt Wood (England)
Page: 304
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER by 'Indisputably, one of the best nature-writers of his generation' (Country Life) BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' Written in diary format, The Wood is the story of English woodlands as they change with the seasons. Lyrical and informative, steeped in poetry and folklore, The Wood inhabits the mind and touches the soul. For four years John Lewis-Stempel managed Cockshutt wood, a particular wood - three and half acres of mixed woodland in south west Herefordshire - that stands as exemplar for all the small woods of England. John coppiced the trees and raised cows and pigs who roamed free there. This is the diary of the last year, by which time he had come to know it from the bottom of its beech roots to the tip of its oaks, and to know all the animals that lived there - the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice, the tawny owl - and where the best bluebells grew. For many fauna and flora, woods like Cockshutt are the last refuge. It proves a sanctuary for John too. To read The Wood is to be amongst its trees as the seasons change, following an easy path until, suddenly the view is broken by a screen of leaves, or your foot catches on a root, or a bird startles overhead. This is a wood you will never want to leave.

The New Sylva

A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century
Author: Gabriel Hemery,Sarah Simblet
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408835444
Category: Nature
Page: 400
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A visually sumptuous and breathtakingly detailed book about British trees and woodland.