The ultimate book on British trees, their history and uses
Silva Britannica is a celebration of trees in Britain, with the focus principally on the native species. It brings together numerous tree-related topics, with chapters concerning their evolution, their sociological, economic and cultural influences on man, the diversity of manifestations within individual species, and the interrelationships between the various species. There is fascinating materials on trees in myth and legend, on the herbal and medicinal uses of trees, on woodland crafts and industries, and on tree planting, conservation and management. Trees and the products of trees touch the lives of everyone. The book sets out to inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how and why this is so. It is highly readable, full of accurate and scholarly information, and profusely and splendidly illustrated with many hundreds of new photographs and archive illustrations.
“There are people, myself included, who are unaccountably unmoved by the beauty of flowers and for whom trees are the plants of choice. For tree fanciers, a book such as Archie Miles's "Silva: The Tree in Britain" has been a long time coming. This is an arboreal "Flora Britannica" - a compendium of tree lore as well as natural history, with essays on trees in myth and legend, woodland crafts and the evolution of Britain's forests”
Michael Prodger, Sunday Telegraph
“Silva has to be one of the best country books of the year, combining the opulent quality of a coffee-table book with the depth of information of a reference work. It is also a lively read. It is liberally illustrated with superb photographs, which convey a powerful sense of the relationship between trees and their surroundings. With the millennium giving a renewed focus to tree planting, this book is a timely reminder of the importance of native trees in our countryside.”
Noel Kingsbury, Country Life