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A century ago woodlands were at the heart of daily life. Trees and hedgerows - copses and spinneys provided wood-fuel - thatch and bedding - woodland pasture for pigs and cattle - medicine from tree bark and a wild harvest of nuts and fruit for the home. But the role of woodlands has been in decline in the last two centuries - drifting ever further from our modern lives. Yet there is no other landscape in the British Isles that matches the complexity and variety of life in a woodland - above and below ground.And while sheltering wildlife - woods continue to enrich our language - feed our imagination and still have the power to transform us - literally and metaphorically. Woodlands have not only inspired folktales - music - novels - visual art and poetry - they are also finding new uses in healthcare and as outdoor classrooms.Arboreal is a landmark publication of new writing from woodlands across the UK and beyond. In memory of the great historical ecologist Oliver Rackham - the book gathers contributions from a variety of voices - novelists - teachers - poets - botanists - artists - architects and foresters - to explore why woods matter and mean so much.... Please click here to ask a question
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