Winner of the 2022 Marsh Book of the Year Award
volume in the New Naturalist series examining the trees of Britain
Trees are immensely valuable. They give shape to our
lives with wood, the material that makes our homes, our books, our
belongings; they nourish us with the air we breathe and the fruits we eat;
and they sustain us, with their shade and the comfort of their presence. They
are also fascinating – they are the biggest and oldest living organisms on
the planet and are essential components of many of the landscapes of Britain.
Trees have been vital in determining the ecology of our planet as well as the
development of human cultures and communities, yet how much do we really
understand about them?
How do trees live? How do they fit into their
environments? Why are they so important to ecosystems on earth, and to us?
And what does the future hold for trees? Can they solve the problems of
climate change by absorbing enough carbon dioxide, and would we run out of
oxygen if all the world’s trees disappeared? Do trees really talk to each
other? There is much to learn about these silent giants.
Ecologist Peter Thomas explores all these questions
and many more, delving into the often hidden life of trees, using examples
from around the world, from common trees to the unusual and bizarre. This
comprehensive introduction to all aspects of tree biology and ecology
presents the latest scientific and botanical discoveries and explores the
wonders and mysteries of trees.
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