Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woodlands and New Forests of Britain by Peter Fiennes

Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woodlands and New Forests of Britain

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 myster...

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  • Paul
    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 ...
  • Erin
    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 det...
  • Kelly Buchanan
    Excellent meandering, earnest loveliness....
  • Michael Dodsworth
    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 developme...
  • Lauren
    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 poetry...
  • Jeff Van Campen
    *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, of...
  • Graham Scott
    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 For...
  • Graeme Purves
    In which a suburban boy takes time out to ramble through some woods making random observations about the state of things.Peter Fiennes seems uncertain whether he is writing about Britain or England. After quoting Rudyard Kipling on 'the England of our dreams', he frets about 'the need for the whole ...
  • Nick Swarbrick
    A beautifully paced and structured exploration of the relationship between trees (more specifically woodland) and the culture we live with. The author is well read, lyrical, whimsical- with an eye for judicious quotations as much as for the trees that make this book (and the making is not unconsciou...

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