I’m looking forward to being interviewed this morning by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz on BBC Radio Oxford. I will be talking about forests and the work of the Sylva Foundation — the Oxfordshire-based charity I co-founded five years ago — and The New Sylva which was released in the US
Listen to the story of Evelyn’s Sylva and The New Sylva on the BBC’s Farming Today programme (11th April 2014): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zr1zd Piece runs between approx 3:50 and 7:10 mins.
Gardens and arboreta across the UK and Ireland will be celebrating the 350th anniversary of the publication in 1664 of John Evelyn’s classic book Sylva, including an exhibition of The New Sylva.
Three hundred and fifty years ago today, on 28th November 1660, The Royal Society was founded, following a lecture given by Christopher Wren at Gresham College in London. The ninth man listed among the 41 founding members was John Evelyn (1620-1706). Two years after it was founded, in 1664, the
“We had better be without gold than without timber” John Evelyn, 1664
“Surely while Britain retains her awful situation among the nations of Europe, the ‘Sylva’ of Evelyn will endure with her triumphant oaks. It was a retired philosopher who aroused the genius of the nation, and who casting a prophetic eye towards the age in which we live, has contributed to
We are delighted to announce that a book deal with major publisher Bloomsbury has been secured by authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet to write The New Sylva. The New Sylva aims to be a seminal book about trees and forestry for the 21st Century. The book will be published
On my homepage I write that I aim to celebrate the ” silvan” world: here’s an etymology. Silva or sylva is a Latin word meaning ‘wood or forest’, with silvan or sylvan meaning ‘of the wood or forest’. In forestry we use the word silviculture, meaning literally culture of forests.