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Oak and ash and thorn : the ancient woods and new forests of Britain

Fiennes, Peter2017
When the government announced plans to sell off up to 150,000 hectares of English forests and woodland in 2010, it ignited an immediate and impassioned fight against the proposal. Even today, the British people continue to have a deep love for their woods, which have inspired countless myths, stories and poems throughout time."The magic and mystery of the woods are embedded in culture, from ancient folklore to modern literature. They offer us refuge: a place to play, a place to think. They are the generous providers of timber and energy. They let us dream of other ways of living. Yet we now face a future where taking a walk in the woods is consigned to the tales we tell our children. Immersing himself in the beauty of woodland Britain, Peter Fiennes explores our long relationship with the woods and the sad and violent story of how so many have been lost. Just as we need them, our woods need us too. But who, if anyone, is looking out for them?"
London, UK : Oneworld Publications, 2018.
291 pages : ill. ; 20 cm.
First published, 2017. Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-270) and index.
Timber! -- City limits -- The word from the woods -- Until you were gone -- There'll always be an England -- Full of fame is the greenwood -- A vision in a dream -- Blood in the forest -- A river runs through it -- This wood is my wood -- Epilogue: Touch wood.
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