Over the last 25 years archaeologists and historians have been increasingly aware of the importance of woodland in the developing British landscape. No one has devoted more research to this subject then Richard Muir. In this magisterial study, matched by numerous informative and evocative illustrations, the author begins by disposing of the myth that in prehistoric times Britain was swathed in a virtually impenetrable wildwood. In fact, from the earliest times woodland has been manipulated and transformed. The author first looks at landmark trees, then examines ancient trees and hedgerows before charting the early development of trees in the park and then later parkland and forestry. He describes too the life of the men of the forest over the centuries and probes the important subject of 'Woodlands of the Mind'.
Dr Richard Muir, who describes himself as a Dalesman by birth and a Scot by inclination, is the author of over 40 books and editor of Landscapes. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen. Unlike Oliver Rackham (also well known in this subject) he has researched widely in the north as well as the south of the British Isles. Sales will be enhanced by the author's contacts with the Ancient Tree Forum, the Woodland Trust, the Tree Council, English Nature and English Heritage.