Planting a tree is an act of faith, an expression of hope. The Five Acre Forest inspires that hope. In transit from the globe-trotting life of an aid worker, Trish Nicholson came upon an eroded dune beside a lake in New Zealand's far north and felt a strange attachment. The following year, she abandoned her Celtic roots and returned to plant a thousand trees.
Twenty years on, the author shares the physical and emotional trials and triumphs of transforming the dune into a five acre forest, and describes the lives of its native trees, birds and insects, enchanting us with local legends and her nature photography along the way. Woven into Nicholson's personal narrative is the deep-time story of an extraordinary landscape of dunes, lakes, swamps and beaches formed from an ancient shared geological ancestry.
Trish Nicholson is a social anthropologist and conservationist, a storyteller, author of a range of non-fiction works, and a former columnist and features writer. She lives on a hilltop in the far north of New Zealand where, for the past twenty years, she has been raising and planting native trees.