The Long, Long Life of Trees
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The Long, Long Life of Trees

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A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 363g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0300228201
  • 9780300228205
  • 107,427

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"A book that would grace any book shelf. It is entertaining and informative for the enthusiastic dendrologist, and the casual reader."-Colin How, Methodist Recorder -- Colin How Methodist Recordershow more

About Fiona Stafford

Fiona Stafford is professor of English language and literature, University of Oxford. She is author and presenter of two highly acclaimed series for BBC Radio 3 titled The Meaning of Trees. She lives in Bucks, UK.show more

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