by Oliver Rackham
Collins £25 pp623
"In the foreword to Woodlands Rackham lays out his credo — that trees are not 'merely part of the theatre of landscape in which human history is played out, or the passive recipients of whatever destiny humanity foists on them . . . (they are) actors in the play', with multiple interactions with time, and all other organisms, including people —
Rackham is a Renaissance man, an ecological Sherlock Holmes. He is also a national treasure. No other scientific writer has so lucidly demonstrated that humans and woods are ancient partners of linked origins, and could be so again..."
Of all the creatures in The Lord Of The Rings, Wit found the tree-being Ents the most fascinating as a lass.