Good Reading : May 2005
46 goodreading These two books by British historian Thomas Pakenham are not your conventional books about trees. Rather each book is a personal selection of 60 trees with the ‘power to inspire awe and wonder’. The original idea for the first book, Meetings with Remarkable Trees, came from the loss of much loved 200- year-old beeches, old friends to the author’s family, in their garden in Ireland. Published in 1996, the book received inter national acclaim and was made into a television series of the same name. The second book, Remarkable Trees of the World, was researched while the author ‘spent four wild years roaming the world, and ransacking it for trees with noble brows and strong personalities’. Both books are lovingly researched and beautifully illustrated with etchings and maps and the author’s own colour photographs. Whether or not you have ever secretly hugged a tree or felt its power and energy as you stood underneath its branches, you won’t be able to help saying ‘Wow’ as you stand in the presence of these magnificent creatures. coffee table branching out The branches of this Yew tree form a vast drooping dome 60 feet high and 400 feet in circumference. Standing like sentries by the door of a church, this pair of yews were most probably planted in the 18th century.