There are quite a few noteworthy books out there, some old, some new, and here is a list of those that I have come across.
Getting Acquainted with the Trees (1904) by J. Horace McFarland
This is a quaint exploration of some common American trees that I found online using my book reader.
Despite the fact that it was written over 100 years ago the writing is very clear and easy going-some books can be bogged down with technical details or purple prose, not so this book. It even has photos taken by the author in each chapter!
Here's a link to download it: Getting Acquainted with the Trees
The Secret Life of Trees (2005) by Colin Tudge
This is a superb book on every aspect of trees and one which I am still dipping into! The first section deals with thr famlies of trees, later sections deal with the socio-cultural aspect of trees and other matters. Highly recommended!
Meetings With Remarkable Trees (1997) by Thomas Packenham
This is a fabulous book, full of colour photos of noteworthy trees but so much more than simply a coffee table book, and the inspiration for this bog's title! Superb book.
Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees (2008) by Roger Deakin
I had heard about this book and so bought a copy from Waterstones last year. I hsve yet to read it but from what I've heard about it I will surely enjoy it!
Trees of Britain and Northern Europe - Collins Field Guide (1978)
by Alan Mitchell
This is an ID guide to all the trees youre likely to come across in the UK, both wild trees and those found in parks or arboreta. Excellent!
"A Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in Argyll has been named the UK's tallest tree by a team of experts who climbed to its top.
At 63.79m (209 feet) the Stranardon Douglas Fir near Dunans Castle beat the Grand Fir at Blair Castle in Perthshire (as featured in the book 'Meetings with Remarkable Trees' by Thomas Packenham) to the title by more than a metre!
Arborists from Sparsholt Cottage in Hampshire have been gathering official measurements fo the Tree Register. Mark Tansley, who organised the project,said Scotland provided an ideal environment for tall trees."
Thanks to my partner Helen for bringing this piece to my attention!
Saving the Yews
Fred Hageneder and his group at the Friends Of The Trees network http://www.friendsofthetrees.org.uk/ is supporting the AYG (Ancient Yew Group, http://www.ancient-yew.org/ ) to "invite the Church of England, the Church of Wales,and the the national Government to discuss the next steps towards a legal protection of the ancient yews of the British Isle – the oldest trees in all of Europe.