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Heritage Trees of Wales takes the reader on a journey through the ancient Welsh countryside to visit the country's most remarkable trees. Steeped in history, surrounded by myth and legend and full of cultural and historical significance, these trees dominate the Welsh landscape. Packed with colour photography, directions for visiting the trees and detailed maps, this book tells the story of Wales' unique and diverse collection of heritage trees. Ideal for those interested in history or nature of any age. Published in association with the Tree Council.
Archie Miles has previously worked as an assistant to renowned Time & Life photojournalist Brian Seed throughout the UK. He began to write professionally with articles on country/travel matters for magazines such as "Country Talk" and "The Countryman". He has authored, photographed and project managed several books on trees, including "Common British Trees", "Great British Trees", "Heritage Trees of Scotland", "The Heritage Trees of Britain and Northern Ireland", "The Trees that Made Britain", and "Hidden Trees of Britain". Archie has appeared on live and recorded radio programmes across various regions and featured in two programmes of the first series of "The Trees that made Britain", BBC2 (2006).
74 great trees, 74 great tales
by Huw Jenkins in the United Kingdom (25/10/2012)
76 trombones in the big parade but only 74 trees in Wales make it into Heritage Trees. A handsome book to dip into and delve around. Nothing too weighty or pompous; good stories well told, leaving you wanting more as opposed to yawning.
Garthmyl, a small village between Welshpool and Newtown, is not a well known place but important in our family as where my mother grew up. I never thought it would also be home to two (or almost 3%) of these nationally famous trees. The Garthmyl Oak being one and the Garthmyl Cedar of Lebanon the other. The latter has a chandelier dangling from a lower bough so that the caretakers come owners can enjoy it by night!
The book begins with a serious foreword from Pauline at the Tree Council stressing that UK governments, including Wales, do little or nothing to protect these trees compared with other European countries. ..."many could be felled tomorrow without penalty. The value of these trees, these Green Monuments, is already formalised in other countries."
I just spent £350 having tree surgeons dangle on ropes cutting out the dead and removing 10% of the canopy so that our Scots Pine will keep on growing – maybe the 30th reprint of Heritage Trees Wales in 2212 will include it if we've done the work well and we're lucky.