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Britain’s Tree Story

Julian Hight

National Trust


ISBN: 9781907892202

Price: £ 20.00

Publication date: 27 September 2011

Series: National Trust History & Heritage

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

A lavishly illustrated tribute to Britain’s oldest, largest and most famous trees told through legends, history and literature. Trees have always inspired awe and wonder and some of our ancient trees have been standing for over a thousand years. In this fascinating and lovingly researched book the author selects the most interesting of them and compares archive photographs and engravings with contemporary colour photographs. They include the legendary Royal Oak that King Charles I hid in while being chased by Roundhead troops and The Betty Kenny yew tree that is believed to have inspired the nursery rhyme ‘Rock a bye baby’. There is a gazetteer of where to see all the trees, including in various National Trust properties.



Julian Hight trained as a graphic designer and musician but his interest in trees started at a young age when he was often taken to Windsor Great Park as a child. He has worked all his life in book publishing and is currently Design Manager at Francis Frith Collection. Julian is an active member of the Woodland Trust.