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A Handbook of Scotland's Trees: The Essential Guide for Enthusiasts, Gardeners and Woodland Lovers to Species, Cultivation, Habits, Uses & Lore

A Handbook of Scotland's Trees: The Essential Guide for Enthusiasts, Gardeners and Woodland Lovers to Species, Cultivation, Habits, Uses & Lore [Kindle Edition]

Fiona Martynoga , Fi Martynoga
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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If Scotland, as most people seem to agree, needs more trees, then this book is a very good place to start. A well-edited compendium of articles from the Reforesting Scotland Journal, it s an attractively designed and thoroughly researched primer aimed, as Fi Martynoga writes in her introduction, as much at the beginner as it is at those who already engage in planting trees. The first half of the book covers everything from the basics of how to plant a tree through to seed collection, treatment and storage, with a useful section on seed provenance and the law. The second half profiles the trees themselves, and what s especially refreshing is that native and non-native species are given equal weight, acknowledging the important part that trees like the monkey puzzle and often pilloried Sitka spruce have played in the Scottish landscape and Scottish history. --Christopher Stocks, Tree News, Winter 2011-12

All arboreal life is here. Entries on our most common trees and shrubs make this an indispensable companion for any woodland walk. And it's so much more. Each species' ecological contribution is considered; so too are its practical uses and its place in Scottish history and folklore all appealingly illustrated and attractively designed. Yet this is also a manual with a mission, aimed at nothing less than the restoration of Scottish silviculture. Published under the auspices of Reforesting Scotland, it offers advice on seeding, planting, cultivation and larger-scale management. --The Scotsman

If ever there was a book that would inspire the readers about trees and woodlands, then this must surely be one. There are several reasons for this in a market that has seen a plethora of books on trees in the recent years...Whilst there may be many theoretical ideas, the book is essentially about the past and present practical use and planting of trees. Perhaps in keeping with the spirit of the book, how refreshing it was to see it was printed in the UK. The publishers are to be congratulated. --Ray Collier, Highland News

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This comprehensive handbook, compiled with the expertise of Reforesting Scotland’s editors, covers trees commonly found in Scotland. From seed provenance and propagation to the history and lore of each species, this single source contains all the information you need to select the right trees for your site and grow them successfully. Whether you are an owner of (or volunteer at) a small woodland, a gardener looking to incorporate the most appropriate trees into your space, or simply a lover of woodland walks and trees, this invaluable reference will be your one essential guide. Ebook edition includes colour photos.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7723 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Saraband (12 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006U1MJ98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book 8 May 2012
This book is a well researched and pleasing read. The first part of the book looks at the basic silviculture one needs to know if they are interested in growing trees in Scotland successfully. The information presented clearly in a tone that makes it easy to absorb and understand and makes you want to read on. It includes details on the stratification of seed, siting of a nursery, selecting of trees for specific sites and selecting sites for trees. It also looks at some techniques that can be used to get round the persistant grazing pressure that is present in much of scotland and introduces the concept of no fence planting as a way to establish trees in areas where it is unfeasible to prevent grazing.

The second two thirds of the book provides short essays on the trees you are most likely to encounter in scotland. These are are written by a variety of authors who all bring their own style, which adds interest to the book because they all approach their chosen tree from a point of view coloured by how trees in general fit into their life. I learnt a lot from these summaries, which clearly explain the identifying features of each tree, where it's most likely to be found, how to cultivate it, the folklore associated with it and most interestingly for me, what the tree has been used for. I think this book should have a wide appeal since it can be read by someone who just wants to look up a particular tree, or if your like me can be read from cover to cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful addition 13 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great little book containing useful information and tips. Small enough to carry with you while out walking, which I have done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate 24 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this until a friend of mine (who has works for Trees For Life) told me that the pictures were wrong; some of the pines are matched up with the wrong photos. The diagrams and photos also display badly on the Kindle.
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