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  • "There are people, myself included, who are unaccountably unmoved by the beauty of flowers and for whom trees are the plants of choice. For tree fanciers, a book such as Archie Miles's "Silva: The Tree in Britain" has been a long time coming. This is an arboreal "Flora Britannica" - a compendium of tree lore as well as natural history, with essays on trees in myth and legend, woodland crafts and the evolution of Britain's forests"

    Michael Prodger, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Silva has to be one of the best country books of the year, combining the opulent quality of a coffee-table book with the depth of information of a reference work. It is also a lively read. It is liberally illustrated with superb photographs, which convey a powerful sense of the relationship between trees and their surroundings. With the millennium giving a renewed focus to tree planting, this book is a timely reminder of the importance of native trees in our countryside."

    Noel Kingsbury, Country Life

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