Meet author Prof. Fiona Stafford and her book, The Long Long Life of Trees, a lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings.
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 Ann Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. The author 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.
‘The Long, Long Life of Trees is elegant, engaging, impeccably written and packed with interest.’ – John Carey, The Sunday Times
“A lovely thing to have and to hold… combines natural with cultural and social history, taking account not only of the biology and ecology of plants, but also our relationship with them, past and present.” – Mark Griffiths, Country Life
Copies of the book will be available to buy from Scarborough bookseller Wardle & Jones.