341 pages, no illustrations
This book is for everyone in Britain with a serious interest in trees. This second edition is almost half as long again as the first, containing well over 4000 terms. It contains more entries for air quality, alien invasive species, biomechanics, climate change, common land, damage to trees, environmental impact, the benefits of green space, tools and equipment, landscape character, professional bodies. silvicultural systems, tree risk assessment and wildlife conservation, among other topics.
If you work with trees the book will be a good companion, if you own trees your responsibilities will be made easier to understand, and if you simply like trees the book will deepen your affection. If you’re anxious about a tree-related problem, thinking of getting advice, need some tree work or have trees that are affected by a planning application, the book will be useful in practice. And if you’re a serious student of trees you’d better know what one is.
"The volume is the result of many years practical experience in arboriculture and a great deal of enthusiasm for the subject [...] the book is useful and fun. Tree professionals and practitioners will find much of interest and of practical value. Furthermore the book
is clearly set out and the information is accessible to the non-specialist. I can see this finding a place on many bookshelves."
– Ian Rotherham, editor of The Arboricultural Journal
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Philip Wilson studied forestry and forest science at the Universities of Aberdeen UK, Canterbury New Zealand and Natal South Africa. He has been a forestry contractor, forest manager, tree nursery manager, lecturer and researcher, and has published widely in the fields of plant propagation, wood science, top fruit culture and education. He is now an arboricultural consultant based in Kent in the south-east of England.