Centenary book

British Forests book

The story of forestry in Britain over the last one hundred years

Published to mark the centenary of the Forestry Commission, British Forests examines not only the organisation's unique history but its role in research and the promotion of tree planting in both cities and countryside.

The book features a selection of the nations’ forests and beautiful botanical illustrations of trees from Bedgebury Pinetum's Florilegium Society. The foreword is written by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News who is patron of Trees for Cities and Chair of the Heart of England Forest.

The book retails at £25 and is available to buy from high street shops including WHSmith, Waterstones and Foyles, as well as other independent shops. It is also available to buy online:

‘For me, the Forestry Commission ranks with the NHS and the Houses of Parliament as key to our British way of life. This wonderful book describes the Commission’s evolution over its first 100 years, but amid the vastly increased need for more trees in Britain, for timber, to help combat climate change and tree diseases the Forestry Commission continues to play an absolutely indispensable role.’

~ Jon Snow

Centenary book

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In 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s forests following the First World War