Street Trees in Britain

A History

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Author: Mark Johnston

Publisher: Windgather Press

ISBN: 1911188240

Category: Gardening

Page: 352

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The trees which line many of the streets in our towns and cities can often be regarded as part of a heritage landscape. Despite the difficult conditions of an urban environment, these trees may live for 100 years or more and represent Ôliving historyÕ in the midst of our modern streetscapes. This is the first book on the history of BritainÕs street trees and it gives a highly readable, authoritative and often amusing account of their story, from the tree-lined promenades of the seventeenth century to the majestic boulevards that grace some of our modern city centers. The impact of the Victorian street tree movement is examined, not only in the major cities but also in the rapidly developing suburbs that continued to expand through the twentieth century. There are fascinating descriptions of how street trees have helped to improve urban conditions in spa towns and seaside resorts and also in visionary initiatives such as the model villages, garden cities, garden suburbs and new towns. While much of the book focuses on the social and cultural history of our street trees, the last three chapters look at the practicalities of how these trees have been engineered into concrete landscapes. This includes the many threats to street trees over the years, such as pollution, conflict with urban infrastructure, pests and diseases and what is probably the greatest threat in recent times Ð the dramatic growth in car ownership. Street Trees in Britain will have particular appeal to those interested in heritage landscapes, urban history and the natural and built environment. Some of its themes were introduced in the authorÕs previous work, the widely acclaimed Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture.

Sylvan Cities

An Urban Tree Guide

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Author: Helen Babbs

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786493659

Category: Gardening

Page: 181

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Sylvan City is a potted-journey through our cities' woody places and a literary hunt for where their wild things are. Reviews for Sylvan Cities: 'Clever, pretty, fun and informative - what more can a reader ask for?' Sara Maitland, author of Gossip From the Forest 'Full of gems; a manifesto for green cities. Babbs will turn us all into urban rangers, an unquiet army of neighbourhood watchers.' Max Adams, author of Wisdom of Trees An intricately illustrated journey into the urban forest, Sylvan City is both a practical guide to identifying twenty of the most common trees standing sentry on our street corners, and a lyrical, anecdotal treasure trove of facts and history, culture and leafy lore. It's certainly possible to appreciate a tree for its beauty, its shade and its shelter without knowing whether it's an alder, an elder, a lime or a beech. But look harder, and we begin to see the beauty beneath the bark - the tales of how trees are integral to medicine and art as they are furniture and firewood; the stories of why wild figs grow on the banks of Sheffield's rivers and why the ash tree is touched with magic and mischief.

The Urban Tree

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Author: Duncan Goodwin

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351969331

Category: Architecture

Page: 282

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There is a growing evidence base that documents the social, environmental and economic benefits that urban trees can deliver. Trees are, however, under threat today as never before due to competition for space imposed by development, other hard infrastructures, increased pressure on the availability of financial provision from local authorities and a highly cautious approach to risk management in a modern litigious society. It is, therefore, incumbent upon all of us in construction and urban design disciplines to pursue a set of goals that not only preserve existing trees where we can, but also ensure that new plantings are appropriately specified and detailed to enable their successful establishment and growth to productive maturity. Aimed at developers, urban planners, urban designers, landscape architects and arboriculturists, this book takes a candid look at the benefits that trees provide alongside the threats that are eliminating them from our towns and cities. It takes a simple, applied approach that explores a combination of science and practical experience to help ensure a pragmatic and reasoned approach to decision-making in terms of tree selection, specification, placement and establishment. In this way, trees can successfully be incorporated within our urban landscapes, so that we can continue to reap the benefits they provide.

Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Selection, Use and Management

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Author: Mary Forrest

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1845930541

Category: Gardening

Page: 179

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Illustrated with numerous drawings and photographs this book presents a horticultural overview of the main plant families of trees and shrubs from temperate regions that are cultivated in urban and rural landscape schemes. Most of the plants used come from a limited number of plant families and within these families, certain genera contribute very significantly. The largest chapter in the book describes 37 plant families according to their identification, functional use and management in landscape schemes. With this information readers will be able to assess the suitability of species and prepare planting designs for prevailing sites.

Urban Forests

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Urban forestry

Page: N.A

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The Tree Book

The Indispensable Guide to Tree Facts, Crafts and Lore

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Author: J. Edward Milner

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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The Urban Environment

A Sourcebook for the 1990s

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Author: Gerald Dawe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cities and towns

Page: 636

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