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Street Trees in Britain A History by Mark Johnston
  

Street Trees in Britain A History

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Street Trees in Britain A History by Mark Johnston

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 `living history' in the midst of our modern streetscapes. This is the first book on the history of Britain's 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 centres. 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 - 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 author's previous work, the widely acclaimed Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture.

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A unique exploration of the evolution of our now tree-graced streets...will be of both interest and value to many: urban foresters, landscape historians, landscape architects and planners, and also the layman as Dr Johnston's clear inclusive writing style and good use of images makes this a good read. But Street Trees in Britain is also a wake-up call - one we need to heed to improve our streets and make changes for the benefit of subsequent generations. --Sharon Hosegood Chartered Forester Magazine, Autumn 2017


About the Author

Mark Johnston is an independent scholar who holds a PhD in urban forestry from the University of Ulster. He has over forty years experience in the greenspace industry, including working as a tree offi cer in local government, consultant in private practice, government adviser and university lecturer. In 2009, Mark Johnston became the first British person to receive the Award of Merit from the International Society of Arboriculture. In 2011, he received the National Arboricultural Award from the Arboricultural Association.

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Publication date

23rd June 2017

Author

Mark Johnston

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Publisher

Windgather Press

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Landscape archaeology
Trees, wildflowers & plants

ISBN

9781911188230

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