Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woodlands and New Forests of Britain Read Online Free - When the government announced plans to sell off up to 150,000 hectares of English forests and woodland in 2010, it ignited an immediate and impassioned fight against the proposal. Even today, the British people continue to have a deep love for their woods, which have inspired countless myths, stories and poems throughout time. Peter Fiennes celebrates the beauty and mystery of Britain's woods, while also closely examining present issues of ownership, access, power and property. Fiennes visits Norwegian spruces in the Scottish Highlands, wild boars in Sussex, the small collection of trees in his childhood home's garden and everything in between in his exhilarating journey to understand our relationship to the forests and our duty to protect them. Of Oak and Ash and Thorn presents a powerful message for readers everywhere: our woods are important; they are under threat; and they must be saved.
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November 26, 2017
If we were asked to imagine what the UK would look like way back in the Bronze age, people tend to think that there would be a canopy of trees stretching from coast to mountain with gaps where people had felled trees to grow crops. It wasn’t like that though, but there was a significant amount of...
November 13, 2017
*Oak and Ash and Thorn* is written like a ramble in the woods. The best kind of ramble—one without a map where the goal is simply to see what you discover. Peter Fiennes is our guide on this ramble, and he points out fact after fact about the different types of trees. He does tend to ramble, ofte...
October 08, 2017
Excellent meandering, earnest loveliness.
January 31, 2018
Peter Fiennes is just so angry. Angry at how councils, governments, trusts, everyone has behaved with such cavalier indifference to our ancient woodlands. Some of that anger gets to you. I got angry at Sir John Winter, even though the old fool died over 300 years ago.
He was the landowner in the...
December 20, 2017
It took me a long time to finish this, and to be honest, if the book itself hadn't been so beautiful I probably never would have. I received an early review copy if this book, and tried to read it right away but kept stalling. The writing is good, but the pace is uneven and the tone wanders from...
November 28, 2017
This is like taking a lovely ramble in the woods with an ecologically-minded John Oliver. It's sweet and funny, a little bit repetitive but also full of righteous anger. I learned a lot and even a walk in my neighborhood has me appreciating the trees in a different way. The folklore, song and poe...
October 23, 2017
A whimsical ramble through the history of trees, punctuated by some serious concern about the damage we are doing to our planet by denuding our forests. I enjoyed Peter Fiennes's gentle rants and found myself agreeing with him on a whole range of subjects from hunting, conifer planting and develo...
October 02, 2017
I think I would have liked this book more if I lived in the UK. The history of trees through fact and literature. Interesting
February 04, 2018
A blend of history, poetry and the state of our forestry. Trees are vital to the land, the culture and our future, so this book was full of insights, even when slightly hysterical in prognosis.
January 04, 2018
A marvellous book for all those interested in what has happened and is happening to our woodlands.