BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Reviews - Phil Gates Botanist

Though this pa­per­back is sub­ti­tled The Arm­chair Guide to Trees, it will soon have you on your feet and head­ing for the for­est. Writer Will Cohu takes us on an anec­dote-packed tour of na­tive and in­tro­duced species, point­ing out key ID fea­tures and re­lat­ing sto­ries with an in­ven­tive turn of phrase. Who else would have de­scribed a walk among the For­est of Dean’s oaks, planted to build wooden war­ships but made re­dun­dant by iron, as “a trip through an aban­doned mu­ni­tions fac­tory”? Or com­pared the aroma of a fox­glove tree to straw­berry pan­cakes? Cohu will make woods­men of us all.

By Will Cohu £8.99

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