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Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape [Paperback]

Dr Oliver Rackham
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15 Feb 2001

Long accepted as the best work on the subject, Oliver Rackham's book is both a comprehensive history of Britain's woodland and a field-work guide that presents trees individually and as part of the landscape.

From prehistoric times, through the Roman period and into the Middle Ages, Oliver Rackham describes the changing character, role and history of trees and woodland. He concludes this definitive study with a section on the conservation and future of Britain's trees, woodlands and hedgerows.

'As an aid to understanding the landscape I haven't found its equal' New Scientist

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (15 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842124692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842124697
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A masterly account...of supreme interest...a classic of recorded field work and meticulous scholarship' Country Life

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An acknowledged authority on the countryside and its history, Dr Oliver Rackham carries out research in the Botany Department at Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should buy this book! 29 Dec 2001
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Brilliant! This book is so good that i couldn't put it down. As a forestry student i found this too be very useful for at least two of my projects, but this is by no means just a book for the informed. The photos alone would have anyone enchanted. The text is informative and flows so well that you can read several pages without realising that you have. You will be amazed at how good this book really is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant history of land use 23 July 2005
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This book is very interesting; i don't work in forestry, but as a countryside type of person it was good to find out how the ecology of modern Britain came about. It concentrates its examples on the south and south east of England, but is useful for playing amateur detective in any area with trees or woodland. it will help you understand why our ancestors kept or destroyed woods, and why the land arround you looks the way it does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Countryside Classic. 25 May 2009
By Stewart M TOP 500 REVIEWER
Along with the other works by Oliver Rackham this is a real classic of its type. With a tighter focus than The History of the Countryside this book focuses on Trees, Woods and Hedgerows. Without question this is both an authoritative and accessible read. One of the key aspects of this book is the idea that landscapes were developed as a result of economic activity, and if we can understand the function of these we have a better chance of being able to maintain the qualities in the landscape that we value. As with his other works a number of "myths" about the British landscape are subjected to scrutiny, and many do not survive rigorous investigation.
As a comprehensive text this volume may have been superseded by Woodlands (New Naturalist). However, it still comes highly recommended. In fact it may actually be more appropriate to those readers who are just beginning to investigate the history and nature of the British countryside, as it covers much of the same ground but it is at least 100 pages shorter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trees and Woodland of the British Landscape 14 Jun 2013
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I bought this as a reference book for a college assignment and found it to be both extremely informative and interesting
William Stark
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