Ancient Trees in the Landscape: Norfolk's Arboreal Heritage

Ancient Trees in the Landscape: Norfolk's Arboreal Heritage


By (author) Gerry Barnes, By (author) Tom Williamson


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  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 272mm x 15mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Macclesfield
  • ISBN 10: 1905119399
  • ISBN 13: 9781905119394
  • Illustrations note: 73 col & b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 1,023,873

Product description

Ancient Trees in the Landscape is the outcome of many years research into the history of trees in Norfolk, and represents the first detailed, published account of the ancient and traditionally managed trees of any English county. Yet it is far more than a regional survey. It is an exploration of how trees can be studied as part of the landscape. It discusses how accurately trees can be dated; explains why old trees are found in certain contexts and not in others; discusses traditional management practices and how these changed over time; and looks at the various ways in which trees have been used in parks and gardens. Above all, it considers how trees were regarded by people in the past, and how this has affected their survival to the present. Ancient Trees in the Landscape is a fascinating and original study which sets out a new agenda in landscape history. It will be essential reading for countryside managers and conservationists, and for all those interested in landscape history, arboriculture, and the history of the English countryside.

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'Expertly written, this clear, lucid account is supported by an extensive selection of illustrations, including photographs, a map and diagrams...In sum, this book can be regarded as an iconoclastic account that will successfully assist in debunking the myths and perceptions that dominate our understanding of the role and age of tress in the landscape.'--John Martin "Agricultural History, Vol. 87 No. 3, 2013 "