There is poetry in forests, a poetry hidden in plain sight. Trees bring shade and beauty to the streets and parks of our cities; [they] are complex living organisms, healing the planet, stabilising soils and growing raw materials for paper and timber… — from the Foreword by Sir Harry Studholme.
When we say this is a unique publication we neither exaggerate nor indulge in hyperbole. It is a commingling of opinion, thought and inspiration about woods, trees and forests, often (but not always) referencing the frame of the 2019 centenary of the UK’s Forestry Commission. Evolving the Forest is a book about the past, the now and the future of our complex relationships with woods and trees, looking back as far as the Charter of the Forest in 1217 to the birth of modern UK forestry with the creation of the Forestry Commission in 1919 to a bold vision for forestry in 2120.
Its 427 pages — richly illustrated with more than 230 images — include contributions from 45 authors (writing from Tasmania to Europe to North America) across 36 chapters. Such a breadth of cultures, ideas and voices proved challenging to shape, eventually resulting in chapters loosely contained under three major headings: Ecology & Forest Management, Philosophy & Polemic, and Artistic Responses. With much of the writing taking place in 2020 many of these chapters are infused with how we are living with global pandemic in the context of nature.
The book is available now at £27.95 from art.earth Books (art-earth.org.uk/product/evolving-the-forest/) and will soon be available from other sources.
Other recent publications from art.earth Books include:
Honey Money: fSM — new money for a new society, exploring a radical society envisioned by Prof. Jaeweon Cho from South Korea the book melds three essential societal concepts: human waste (and how poorly we utilise it), alternative currencies and Universal Basic Income.
Culture, Community & Climate: a series of conversations with artists and scientists (only a few copies remaining)
Liquidscapes, celebrating water and everything wet and watery. (only a few copies remaining)