Ancient Trees in the Landscape

Ancient Trees in the Landscape : Norfolk's arboreal heritage

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 185.42 x 271.78 x 15.24mm | 589.67g
  • Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 73 col & b/w illus
  • 1905119399
  • 9781905119394
  • 1,215,084

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The authors present an interesting study of the ancient trees in an English county.' -- Chicago Botanic Garden Chicago Botanic Garden '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.' -- Agricultural History Agricultural History 'The book is very readable and well-illustrated; it deserves to be widely read amongst the conservation community as well as by landscape historians.' -- The Archaeological Journal The Archaeological Journal
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Table of contents

1. Ancient Trees in the Landscape
2. Dating Trees
3. Trees of Farmland and Hedgerow
4. Woods and Wood-Pastures
5. Meaning, Beauty and Commemoration
6. Orchards, Pine Rows and Willow Lines
7. Conclusion
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About Gerry Barnes

Tom Williamson was born in Hemel Hemstead in Hertfordshire, and was brought up in Bushey, before reading history and archaeology at Jesus College, Cambridge. Since 1984 he has taught at the University of East Anglia. He is now Professor of Landscape History there, and has written widely on landscape archaeology, agricultural history and the history of landscape design. He has a particular interest in the landscape history of Hertfordshire.
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