The Ash Tree
by Oliver Rackham

“An authentic genius.” Peter Marren

“Toweringly great” Monty Don

We cannot go on treating trees like tins of paint or cars to be traded around the world. Neither can we assume that planting a tree is, by default, a good thing. Industrial planting and irresponsible trade are already devastating the world’s tree populations. The Ash Tree is Oliver Rackham’s call for a radical shift in our attitude to trees – how we plant them, how we care for them after they are planted. There is no more urgent message for our times.

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Paperback | 178 x 128mm | 176 pages

Jacket illustration by David Nash
Colour photograph and illustrations throughout



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Oliver Rackham  OBE FBA was the outstanding botanical and landscape writer of his generation. His books include The History of the Countryside, Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape, Ancient Woodland and Woodlands, which was the 100th volume in the Collins New Naturalist series. He was Honorary Professor of Historical Ecology at Cambridge University and was Fellow of Corpus Christi College for 50 years. He was also an Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society and a Fellow of the British Naturalists’ Association.  He died in Cambridge in February 2015, aged 75.