In 1987, the greatest English storm for three centuries laid flat fifteen million trees across southern England and devastated a nation of tree-lovers. The storm marked a turning point in our perception of trees and a dawning realisation that they have lives of their own, beyond the roles and images we press on them.
In The Ash and the Beech Richard Mabey traces the long history of beech, ash and oak trees throughout Europe, writing about the narratives we tell about trees and the images we make of them. It is an engrossing, exciting, poetical and profound book that will stimulate debate about man's relationship with nature and enchant the reader.
Originally published with title Beechcombings, this updated edition includes a new foreword by the author.