Author(s): Daniel Butler
The earth's longest living organisms, trees exemplify nature's great strength as well as its majestic beauty. Serving as virtual lungs for our planet, trees provide us with food, medicine, and our most versatile building material. To plant a tree is to plant hope, and as an act of commemoration, it literally gives life to that remembered. While it is in-deed a practical book that explains exactly how to plant and care for a tree, How to Plant a Tree is so much more. Drawing on the ancient rituals and folklore that surround particular trees, the author explores their symbolism and traditional uses, and offers suggestions for various commemorative tree-planting acts, such as: * A marriage ceremony * A new baby ceremony * A new home ceremony * A memorial for a loved one With lovely original black-and-white illustrations throughout, How to Plant a Tree encompasses a wealth of both useful and inspiring information, including fascinating miscellany on some of our most beloved tree species like the willow, the oak, and the plum; how to calculate a tree's age; and how you can use trees to fight climate change. How to Plant a Tree will inspire readers to view trees as living structures of hope that will be treasured for generations to come.
Daniel Butler is a professional environmental writer who contributes to some of the UK's leading newspapers and magazines, including Country Living, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and Saga. He used to be the editor of Tree News, the in-house magazine for the Tree Council, and wrote Urban Dreams, Rural Realities.
Introduction 6-8 Why plant a tree? What kind of tree? 9-125 A New Baby How to Grow from Seed (1) Willow Plum Tree of life Coming of Age How to Grow from Seed (2) Cottonwood Monkey puzzle How to Protect a Tree A New Home How to Lay a Hedge Ash Maple Timber in Manufacturing An Engagement How to Graft a Tree Apple Birch Olive A Marriage How to Coppice Hazel Cherry Grape Fertility How to Pollinate Fig Coconut Ancient Farming Health How to Keep Trees Healthy Eucalyptus Wollemi Pine How to Calculate Age Renewal How to Encourage Wildlife Larch Rubber How to Fight Climate Change Prosperity How to Use Timber Responsibly Ebony Walnut Baobab An Anniversary How to Use Trees for Fuel Sequioan Oak Leaf fall New Beginnings How to Clone Spruce Fungi Bristlecone pine In Memorium How to Plant a Mature Tree Yew Index 127-8 Acknolwedgments 128