Arboriculture scholar Dr Mark Johnston completes history of professional arboriculture book +top 10 new gardening books

After four years of research and writing, his book, The Tree Experts: A History of Professional Arboriculture in Britain, is scheduled to be published.

Johnston said: "This is the first book to tell the story of Britain’s professional tree experts, from the Romans to the present day. It also highlights the influences from continental Europe and North America that have helped to shape British arboriculture over the centuries. It’s a hardback of some 550 pages and is based on a substantial amount of original and meticulous research. It has around 100 colour and BW illustrations, including many rare and unique images. I’m very grateful to some 70 individuals from the world of arboriculture, landscape, garden history and other disciplines who contributed to the research and production of the book.

"The final section in the last chapter of my book is likely to generate quite a bit of debate on the furture of arboriculture. There have been some difficult times in recent years and I’ve gently tried to point out where the industry needs to be headed."

The book is published on 15 June by Oxbow Books.

Top 10 new gardening books:

Claire Austin: Peonies

Ken Cox: Gardening Made Simple

Eat What You Grow: Alys Fowler

Anne Marie Powell: My Real Garden

Boglione Family: Petersham Nurseries

Gardens in My Life: Arabella Lennox-Boyd

The Naturally Beautiful Garden: Kathryn Bradley-Hole

Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn From The Land: Tim Richardson

Pollinators and Pollination: Nature and Society, by Jeff Ollerton (Pelagic Publishing, 2021)

How to Garden the Low Carbon way, by Sally Nex (RHS/ Dorling Kindersley, 2021) 

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