Local Frome author, Julian Hight celebrated the launch of his first book for The National Trust; ‘Britain’s Tree Story’, with a book signing at Hunting Raven Bookshop
A lavishly illustrated tribute to Britain’s oldest, largest and most famous trees told through legend, history and literature, this fascinating and lovingly researched book presents the most interesting of them and compares archive photographs and engravings with contemporary colour photographs. Trees have always inspired awe and wonder and many of our ancient trees have been standing for over a thousand years. Some of the trees featured have changed drastically over the centuries, while others seem to have hardly changed at all.
Many of the trees in Britain’s Tree Story are still standing and there is a gazetteer of where to see them, including in various National Trust properties. Britain’s Tree Story is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the intriguing legends and stories that surround them, but in equal measure it is also a human story, as they play silent witness to our history.
Local trees included in the book are the great copper beech in St John’s churchyard – one of the few remaining Frome town centre trees to escape felling.
Wyndham’s Oak in Silton, thought to be a thousand years old and a gibbet for hangings during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.
The huge Abbey Green Plane tree in Bath, planted c1790, which may well have been known to Admiral Horatio Nelson who stayed in the square in 1798 to escape the fumes of London.