3.5 out of 5 stars

Even as I look out of my office window I can see five trees in the immediate vicinity. Two are apple trees in my front garden and there are three small trees across the road on the public space. Along with our feather friends, they are still a part of the natural world that you can still see every day, even in a city; hence why we still feel a deep connection to them and the responses to them being removed in Sheffield from the streets. It is these connections that are deep within our subconscious that Stafford is celebrating. Through seventeen species of trees, including apple, poplar, ash, elm and of course oak, we will learn a little about the folklore, history and use of these trees through the ages.

There is a lot to like about this book, Stafford writes well and has filled it with lots of fascinating facts and snippets about her chosen trees. On top of that, there is lots of art and photos scattered throughout the book. Whilst it was an interesting read, for me though I felt that it lacked depth, but it is a good overview of a number of varieties of trees.


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