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
In this issue of my irregular Green Gold newsletter, an announcement of a unique literary evening in May, a short book extract, more stunning botanical art including a new Subscriber offer of a limited edition print, and a short extract from the book. Here’s a few highlights. WoodWords literary evening – 24th May I will… Read More
This week Sylva Foundation published the long-awaited report for the British Woodlands Survey 2017: Shaping the Future of Forestry. It’s been a labour of love working alongside my fellow authors. We were victims of our own success in attracting such a fantastic response from so many people across Britain: 1,630 stakeholders took part, representing one-fifth… Read More
A new Green Gold subscriber reward has been released: a special, limited edition, botanical print of the Jeffrey Pine. Thanks to a collaboration with botanical artist Nicola Macartney, with links to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, we are able to offer 100 readers the chance to own a print of Nicola’s latest work, depicting the Jeffrey… Read More