Thomas Pakenham is a historian and the author of five books about trees, most recently The Company of Trees: A Year in a Lifetime’s Quest. (December 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

What the Trees Say

Quiver Tree Forest, Namibia; photograph by Beth Moon from her book Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time (2014). A collection of her color photographs, Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees, has just been published by Abbeville.

The Long, Long Life of Trees

by Fiona Stafford

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

by Peter Wohlleben, translated from the German by Jane Billinghurst
In 1664 John Evelyn, diarist, country gentleman, and commissioner at the court of Charles II, produced his monumental book on trees: Sylva, or a Discourse of Forest Trees. It was a seventeenth-century best seller. His message? A very modern one. We are in desperate need of trees for all kinds of reasons. Get out there with your spade and plant one today.