Tree Books reading list

Research books or background reading

Originally compiled by Gary Battell: for a course at Flatford in 2019 – “Trees and Woodlands in the British Landscape.

The list includes books that are useful research of background reading on tree and landscape related matters that are easily accessible (Later editions are often available at lower prices and may include updates).

Tree & Twig Identification

Collins Complete Guide to British Trees – Paul Sterry; Collins, 2007 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

A Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe – Alan Mitchell; Country & Gardeners Book Society, 1974 (Advanced Book Exchange)

What’s That Tree? – Tony Russell; Penguin Random House, 2013 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Trees: Collins Gem – Alastair Fitter & David More; Harper Collins, 1980 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Collins Tree Guide – Owen Johnson & David More; Collins, 2004 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

The Field Key to Winter Twigs – John Poland; Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (https://www.summerfieldbooks.com or on Amazon)

Identification of Trees and Shrubs in Winter using Buds and Twigs – Bernd Schulz; Kew Publishing, 2018 (Kew, Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Trees – David More & John White; Cassells, 2003 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Trees in Britain, Europe and North America – Roger Phillips; Sheila Grant Publisher: BCA, 1978 (eBay)

Specific Tree Species Books

Ancient Oaks – Aljos Farjon; Kew Publising, 2017 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

The British Oak – Archie Miles; Butler, Tanner & Dennis Ltd, 2013 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Oak: A British history – Esmond Harris, Jeanette Harris & N D G James; WINDgather Press, 2003 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Oak – Peter Young; Reaktion Books, 2013 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Oak: The frame of civilization – William Bryant Logan; W W Norton & Company Incorporated, 2005 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Ash – Archie Miles; Pearson Bark Books, 2018 (Signed copies may be ordered directly from Archie via his website – Archie Miles photography http://www.archiemiles.co.uk £30.00 (inc. p&p), with option to pay by cheque or bank transfer. An invoice will be sent to prospective purchasers and upon receipt of payment books will be shipped.)

The Ash Tree – Prof Oliver Rackham; Little Toller Books, 2014 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Landscape & Woodland History

The History of the Countryside – Prof. Oliver Rackham, 1986; J M Dent & Sons Ltd (eBay)

Trees & Woodland in the British Landscape – Prof. Oliver Rackham, 1976: J M Dent & Sons Ltd (eBay)

Arboreal: A collection of new woodland writing – Edited by Adrian Cooper

Little Toller Books, 2016

(Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Woodland Management Books

Common Sense Risk Management of Trees – National Tree Safety Group; Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, 2011. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FCMS024.pdf

Woodland management: A practical guide – 2nd Edition – Chris Starr; The Crowood Press, 2013 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Getting started in your own wood – Julian Evans and Will Rolls; Permanent Publications, 2015 (from the publisher, Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Managing Native Broadleaved Woodland – Ralph Harmer, Gary Kerr & Richard Thompson; TSO, 2010 (Advanced Book Exchange)

Woodlands – Prof. Oliver Rackham Collins, 2006 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

Woodland Conservation and Management – George F Peterken, 1981; Springer – Science & Business Media, B.V. (Advanced Book Exchange)

Natural Woodland: Ecology and Conservation – George F Peterken, 2008; Cambridge University Press. (eBay & Advanced Book Exchange)

Natural Woodland: Ecology & Conservation in Northern Temperate Regions – George F Peterken Cambridge University Press, 1996 (Advanced Book Exchange)

Ecology of Woodland Processes – John R Packham & David J L Harding, 1982; Edward Arnold (Advanced Book Exchange)

Tree Management

Common Sense Risk Management of Trees – National Tree Safety Group; Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, 2011. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FCMS024.pdf

Ancient and other veteran trees: further guidance on management – Edited by David Lonsdale; The Tree Council, 2013 http://www.ancienttreeforum.co.uk/resources/ancient-trees-books-shop/

Veteran Trees: A guide to good management – Helen Read; English Nature, 1999; http://ancienttreeforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Veteran-Trees-A-Guide-to-Good-Management-almost-complete.pdf

The Arboriculturalist’s Companion: A Guide to the Care of Trees – N D G James Blackwell 1990; (Advanced Book Exchange)

Tree Pest, Pathogen & Disease Books

Diagnosis of Ill Health in Trees – R.G Stouts & T.G Winter; HMSO, 1994 (Advanced Book Exchange)

Forest & Woodland Philosophy and Environment Books

Wilding – Isabella Tree; Picador, 2018 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

*Feral – George Monbiot; Allen Lane – 2013 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

*Our Place – Mark Cocker; Jonathan Cape, 2018 (Local Book Shop or Amazon)

The Purpose of Forests – Jack Westoby; Blackwell, 1987 (Advanced Book Exchange)