In 1985 the author fulfilled for himself every forester's ambition - ownership of a woodland to manage and enjoy exactly as he thought fit. With his brother-in-law, he bought a neglected woodland in Hampshire and, with the help of family and friends, has brought it back to a working woodland, employing a combination of ancient and modern rural skills. A Wood of Our Own tells the story of all that has happened since the idea germinated: making the purchase,
replanting, encounters with people and animals, the drama of two great gales, unravelling the history of the wood, and selling the timber.Julian Evans, forester for twenty-five years, author of two professional forestry books, and currently Chief Research Officer for the Forestry
Commission, combines anecdote, natural history, and professional wisdom in a gripping story. The factual account of the purchase and management of the wood runs alongside an entertaining description of the people, events, and incidents associated with it. Fine cameo line drawings by John White, artist and forester, accompany the text.
`This small book, written in an appealingly modest tone...is full of practical and scientific detail explained in straightforward terms.'
`The technical science is distilled into simple language, enabling the amateur reader to benefit from the author's extensive knowledge.'
`...attractively produced, and written with infectious enthusiasm...'
Independent, Duff Hart-Davis
`Already an author of several forestry books, he here combines anecdote, natural history and professional wisdom in a gripping story.'
`Julian Evans has written a charming and readable book which will be enjoyed by foresters (perhaps tinged with envy) and laymen alike.'
Commonwealth Forestry Review
1: The purchase
2: What we had bought
3: Mainly about railways, writers and wildwood
4: Ruth's gloves
6: The planting of Taid's wood
7: Mother-in-law's dustbin
8: The half-past-two roe deer
9: The great storms of '87 and '90
10: The timber sale
11: Harvesting the pine
12: The coming of the greys
13: Over the fence
14: Nain's copse
16: Not only for timber