Author Julian Evans has worked with woodlands for twenty-five years and was the UK Forestry Commission's Chief Research Officer for much of this time. In 1985 he decided to buy his own small wood in North Hampshire, fulfilling every forester's dream. Caring for the wood and its natural inhabitants using both ancient and modern skills, Evans experiences the evolving cycle of woodland life and encourages us to appreciate our environment firsthand in all seasons, all climates. Finely illustrated and including a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh, A Wood of Our Own is engaging, informative, and entertaining – aimed at everybody who enjoys the countryside.
1.: The purchase
2.: What we had bought
3.: Mainly about railways, writers and wildwood
4.: Ruth's gloves
6.: The planting of Taid's wood
7.: Mother-in-law's dustbin
8.: The half-past-two roe deer
9.: The great storms of '87 and '90
10.: The timber sale
11.: Harvesting the pine
12.: The coming of the greys
13.: Over the fence
14.: Nain's copse
16.: Not only for timber
"This small book, written in an appealingly modest tone [...] is full of practical and scientific detail explained in straightforward terms. [...] The technical science is distilled into simple language, enabling the amateur reader to benefit from the author's extensive knowledge."
– Tree News
" [...] attractively produced, and written with infectious enthusiasm [...] "
– Independent, Duff Hart-Davis
"Already an author of several forestry books, he here combines anecdote, natural history and professional wisdom in a gripping story."
"Julian Evans has written a charming and readable book which will be enjoyed by foresters (perhaps tinged with envy) and laymen alike."
– Commonwealth Forestry Review