Trees Be Company: a Common Ground anthology of poetry

Celebrating the culture of trees and woodlands with this anthology of poetry, edited by Angela King and Sue Clifford for Common Ground.

Includes work by Edward Thomas, William Wordsworth, Derek Walcott, John Betjeman, Stevie Smith, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Katrina Porteous, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin and many more.

“…an enduring favourite of mine.” Bel Mooney

Paperback 208 pages, available now.


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This book celebrates our long and deep relationship with trees and woods. Despite our love of trees, our dependency on them and a long history of woodland conservation, half of the ancient woods we had in 1945 have disappeared. We have less woodland than almost any other European country – although we do have the largest repository of very old trees.

If we are to combat pollution, make even the smallest impact on climate change and enjoy the surroundings that also provide habitats and food for wildlife, we need trees. We need their longevity, beauty and generosity. Trees stand for nature and culture and we stand or fall with them.

With over 170 poems, this anthology includes well known works by Blake, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Andrew Motion, Denise Levertov, Derek Walcott, Stevie Smith, Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, Dylan Thomas, John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and Katrina Porteous.

Edited for Common Ground by Angela King and Susan Clifford, with a foreword by John Fowles

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Weight370 g
Dimensions140 x 18 x 215 mm


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