author • photographer • silvologist

celebrating the wonders of trees, forests and wood

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About me

My name is Gabriel Hemery, and welcome to my personal website celebrating the wonders of trees, forests, and wood. I’m a published author, and keen amateur photographer focusing on trees. By profession I’m a silvologist, or forest scientist. I live near Oxford in the UK where I’m Chief Executive of Sylva Foundation, an environmental charity I co-founded in 2009. Read my Biography.

Gabriel Hemery
Gabriel Hemery

My Books

Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey

The New Sylva by Bloomsbury Publishing
The New Sylva

Tree Photography

Share in my passion for the silvan world through my tree photography.

The Tree Photographer - tree and forest images by Gabriel Hemery
The Tree Photographer


Read insights into the latest news concerning silvology (study of forests) from a professional silvologist (forestry scientist).

And More…

Delve into my blog to discover ideas and opinions about trees and forestry; ranging from art and history, silviculture and wood technology, to global environmentalism. I also provide readers with news about my writing, including unique insights into my book projects, plus early-bird discounts, and free book giveaways. I also offer a monthly newsletter – subscribe here.


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Latest Updates

Recently I contributed to an article about the dark web which lurks beneath the woodland floor, namely its fungi.

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Green Gold has been reviewed by Michael Layland for The Ormsby Review: “a masterly told story”

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Imagine being able to describe in three just words the location of any tree or other feature, wherever you are in the world!

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In 2017, I took a photograph of a beautiful ash tree, which I titled ‘I Love Ash.’ I returned two years later and was saddened by its demise due to ash dieback.

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Oak Processionary Moth or OPM has been discovered in Hampshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. The Plant Health Service have announced an urgent review of import controls on large oak trees.

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Thanks to a clever idea by scientists at the University of Reading, you see how much average temperatures have risen where you live as part of an international campaign to highlight the importance of climate science. You can then ‘show your climate stripes.’

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Green Gold

The book is a semi-fictional recounting of the adventures of a real person. While holding fast to the known facts, it adds highly plausible augmentation. The result is a masterly told story of a noble quest against fearsome challenges by a youthful hero of modest roots and demeanour.

Michael Layland, The Ormsby Review, #613, September 2019

Green Gold

Hemery uses . . . factual details and meticulous research to weave the fictional story of the expedition through diary entries. The overall effect is a captivating story of adventure in very different times to our own.

Bella Jones, 5th May 2019

Green Gold

“beguiling . . . fascinating”

The Daily Mail, 3rd May 2019

Green Gold

a wonderful book!  . . . a really remarkable combination of research, detective work, botanical expertise and imaginative writing.” 

Fiona Stafford, Professor of English at Oxford University, and author: The Long, Long Life of Trees (2017), and The Brief Life of Flowers (2018).

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