To celebrate the lives of plant hunters, like John Jeffrey, here I share some of my favourite books on botany, botanical exploration, and the often extraordinary lives of the plant hunter. Think more Indiana Jones than shy retiring pansies, as these men and women travelled the world in search of plants, valuable for their beauty, medicines, timber, smell, and any number of other benefits. Read More
I am delighted to report that crowdfunding with Unbound to support the publication of Green Gold: The lost journals of John Jeffrey is now 100% complete. Read More
I’m fundraising money to support Cancer Research by cycling at least 300 miles in September. Usually I ride my bike to fundraise for Fund4Trees (I’m a trustee of the small arboricultural charity), but our next event is some way away. Like so many people, I have experienced the pain and worry when a family member is… Read More
My green treescape version of Japanese woodcut artist Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous art work, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I call it The Great Wave off Brightwell. From the top of Castle Hill, the Iron Age fort at the Wittenham Clumps , you can see Dorchester Abbey nestled among trees and houses near the River Thame. Heading… Read More
This week I was pleased to give a talk at WoodWords 2018, run by Sylva Foundation, about my latest book-in-the-making Green Gold: the Lost Journals of John Jeffrey. I’ve uploaded a recording of the talk which you can listen to here (13m39s). Here are some relevant images to enjoy while you listen.
After selling out two print runs, The New Sylva, is now back in stock. The waiting list looks like it’s currently 2-4 weeks from Amazon, but Sylva Foundation now has stock in its online shop with the advantage that I sign these copies and profits go to the charity. Sadly, due to a smaller print run for this… Read More
I’ve just released GREEN GOLD newsletter No.11, with news and features connected with the creation of my latest book GREEN GOLD: the lost journals of John Jeffrey. It’s now a little over a year since publisher Unbound launched the GREEN GOLD fundraising campaign, and I’m pleased to report that it’s now two-thirds funded. Also in… Read More
Silvology: redefining the biological science for the study of forests With co-author Jens Peter Skovsgaard I propose a formal definition for a term that describes the scientific study of forests and woods: silvology. In contrast to other disciplines no terminology has developed to distinguish the practice of silviculture from its scientific counterpart. For example,… Read More
Apparently, The New Sylva has almost sold out! That means the second print run, and 10,000 copies in total, have left the shelves. But don’t despair, more are being printed as I write.
I’m really pleased to be taking part in the Evelyn200 project by giving a talk on 5th June at Deptford, London. Evelyn200 is a project to plant 200 trees in the Evelyn ward in Lewisham, and to celebrate 200 years since the publication of John Evelyn’s diaries. Evelyn wrote about trees, pollution, the built environment,… Read More