Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woodlands and New Forests of Britain

Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woodlands and New Forests of Britain

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When the government announced plans to sell off up to 150,000 hectares of English forests and woodland in 2010, it ignited an immediate and impassioned fight against the proposal. Even today, the British people continue to have a deep love for their woods, which have inspired countless myths, stories and poems throughout time. Peter Fiennes celebrates the beauty and mystery of Britain's woods, while also closely examining present issues of ownership, access, power and property. Fiennes visits Norwegian spruces in the Scottish Highlands, wild boars in Sussex, the small collection of trees in his childhood home's garden and everything in between in his exhilarating journey to understand our relationship to the forests and our duty to protect them. Of Oak and Ash and Thorn presents a powerful message for readers everywhere: our woods are important; they are under threat; and they must be saved.

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Title:Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woodlands and New Forests of Britain
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  • Paul

    If we were asked to imagine what the UK would look like way back in the Bronze age, people tend to think that there would be a canopy of trees stretching from coast to mountain with gaps where people ...

  • Jeff Van Campen

    *Oak and Ash and Thorn* is written like a ramble in the woods. The best kind of ramble—one without a map where the goal is simply to see what you discover. Peter Fiennes is our guide on this ramble,...

  • Kelly Buchanan

    Excellent meandering, earnest loveliness....

  • Graham Scott

    Peter Fiennes is just so angry. Angry at how councils, governments, trusts, everyone has behaved with such cavalier indifference to our ancient woodlands. Some of that anger gets to you. I got angry a...

  • Erin

    It took me a long time to finish this, and to be honest, if the book itself hadn't been so beautiful I probably never would have. I received an early review copy if this book, and tried to read it rig...

  • Lauren

    This is like taking a lovely ramble in the woods with an ecologically-minded John Oliver. It's sweet and funny, a little bit repetitive but also full of righteous anger. I learned a lot and even a wal...

  • Michael Dodsworth

    A whimsical ramble through the history of trees, punctuated by some serious concern about the damage we are doing to our planet by denuding our forests. I enjoyed Peter Fiennes's gentle rants and foun...

  • Susan Sherman

    I think I would have liked this book more if I lived in the UK. The history of trees through fact and literature. Interesting...

  • Steve

    A blend of history, poetry and the state of our forestry. Trees are vital to the land, the culture and our future, so this book was full of insights, even when slightly hysterical in prognosis. ...

  • Linda Price

    A marvellous book for all those interested in what has happened and is happening to our woodlands....