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Pinterest board launched for The New Sylva

June 26, 2013

Gabriel Hemery

The New Sylva on Pinterest

We’ve launched a Pinterest board for The New Sylva, so that many of the images of Sarah Simblet’s drawings for the book can be viewed from one place.

Pinterest board for The New Sylva

Some of the images on Pinterest for The New Sylva

One year to publication

April 6, 2013

Gabriel Hemery

It is one year until The New Sylva is published in April 2014 and several milestones have been reached.

Gabriel Hemery has finished drafting the manuscript; before editing the word count stands at 125,000 words. Sarah Simblet has completed more than two-thirds of the drawings with just 60 (out of a total of 200) to go before the ultimate deadline of November, when the book goes to print.

The publishers Bloomsbury have now ‘launched’ the book internally, meaning that a whole team of people have joined the Senior Editor during this pre-production stage, including a copy editor, designer, publicist, and marketing manager.

The authors have been developing with partners exciting plans for the book launch, and afterwards a national touring exhibition during 2014 that will visit some of the most prestigious arboreta around Britain and Ireland. We will announce more details soon.

Designing the book

August 13, 2012

Gabriel Hemery

Today the authors held a meeting with editors at Bloomsbury to discuss book design in detail. Editors Richard Atkinson and Natalie Hunt were joined by Peter Dawson of Grade Design Consultants ( who has been appointed as Book Designer.

Bloomsbury editorial meeting Aug2012

Bloomsbury editorial meeting August 2012. Authors Gabriel Hemery (top left) and Sarah Simblet (far right) discussing some finer points of the first batch of completed illustrations with Natalie Hunt (left), Peter Dawson (centre) and Richard Atkinson (right)

Sarah Simblet also handed over the first batch of 30 completed drawings, which is a major milestone. These will be scanned at very high resolution (400dpi) and then test printed using different techniques and on various paper types with a view to reproducing the drawings of the very best likeness and quality.

Over the next few weeks the first mockups of a chapter will be designed, combining both text and drawings. This will be an exciting development for the authors and the publishing team alike as to date we have been dealing with text and images separately. Bringing together the two elements on the page will enable us to consider in detail the fonts for headers and main text, allow us to estimate word count accurately, and to hone the finer points of layout.

Bloomsbury editorial meeting Aug2012 - discussing the flatplan

Sarah Simblet presenting, with Gabriel Hemery, the latest flatplan at the Bloomsbury editorial meeting, August 2012

Fund 4 Trees is launched

June 23, 2012

Gabriel Hemery

I have been involved in founding a new organisation Fund 4 Trees. It has been established to support an annual event – Ride for Research – as a fundraiser for tree research in the UK.

It has a website which was launched this week at: It is being backed by major UK arboricultural organisations and we hope that one day it will help the Ride for Research event grow to emulate the very successful Tour de Trees that in the US raises $500,000 every year for tree research!

The first Ride for Research event was held in 2011. This year there will be two legs: Reading and Birmingham. I will soon be asking my readers for sponsorship, as I will be taking part in the Reading leg in September!

Gabriel Hemery

Read more about my involvement in Ride for Research

The Tree Photographer

June 19, 2012

Gabriel Hemery

I have launched a website dedicated to my photographic work with trees at

Book deal secured for The New Sylva

The New Sylva

I am delighted to announce that I have secured, with co-author Sarah Simblet, a book deal with major publisher Bloomsbury to write The New Sylva.

Sarah Simblet is a botanical artist and popular author of several books. We are combining our skills and interests, aiming to create a seminal book on trees and forestry. The New Sylva will be published  in 2014; the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s original Sylva first published in 1664 by the Royal Society.

Today we have launched a dedicated website ( for the book project, and you can read our first post here. You will also be able to follow progress with the twitter hashtag #newsylva.

Gabriel Hemery

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