Adrian Lawson (author)

Review: The Shady Side of Town gets glorious review

What a pleasure to read Matthew Farrell’s rather glorious review of The Shady Side of the Town.     He writes: The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees by Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers is a quirky and inclusive guide to some … Continue reading

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Monday, 1 May 2017: Reading Mayday Tree festival

On May 1st, which is bank holiday Monday this year, we are launching a little (170x125mm) book by Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers on the trees of Reading: The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees.  Thanks to the enthusiasm of Reading … Continue reading

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Shady_CoverThe Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees by Adrian Lawson (author) Geoff Sawers (author)


After an eclectic career in which he was paid for spending a lot of time
in Reading’s outdoor spaces, Adrian Lawson was extremely fortunate
to be able to take early retirement with the intention of spending less
time with his family. Since then he has worked as a bike mechanic
and campaigner for cycle facilities as Director of Reading Bicycle
Kitchen. Other than that he spends his days teaching refugees to
speak English, walking his dogs and birdwatching. He has a partner,
Anne, three kids, four dogs and a taste for loud and bizarre music.