The Ancient Woods of the Helford River by Oliver Rackham

The Helford River, Cornwall, is one of the very few places in England where ancient woodland meets the sea. It also has a curious industrial and cultural history. Describing the geology, history and flora of twenty-five individual woods, the book explains how these special places have survived the centuries and what the future may hold for them. With this posthumous publication, we explore one of Oliver Rackham’s favourite places to carry out fieldwork in the British Isles and celebrate the life and work.

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Paperback with flaps | 225mm x 150mm | 176 pages

Illustrated with photographs, maps and diagrams

Jacket artwork by Kurt Jackson



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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 awarded an honorary Doctorate at the University of Essex and made Honorary Professor of Historical Ecology at the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow and then Master of Corpus Christi College. He was an Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society and a Fellow of the British Naturalists’ Association.