The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees

Three hundred years ago, an acorn germinated at the edge of a field; today a mighty oak stands in the middle of a congested roundabout. What has it stood silent witness to over those hundreds of years? What changes have taken place around it?

The stories of towns are so often told in terms of their architecture, or the humans that have occupied it. But the trees have been there, in many cases, much much longer. An oft neglected aspect of our urban landscape, their statuesque presence would be sorely missed if they were gone. This book brings trees to the fore, with evocative illustrations and beautifully told stories of the natural wonders of Reading.

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About the authors Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers.

Geoff Sawers scuppered a promising sporting career when he left the crease at Welayarapatta Cricket ground in pursuit of a rare butterfly. He never found it. Today he lives in west Reading with his wife Dani Hall, their three children and a growing collection of moths.

Adrian Lawson writes a regular feature: Rural Reading for Get Reading newspaper and is Director and head mechanic of  Reading Bicycle Kitchen. Former Open Spaces Development Manager for Reading Borough Council, he spent 18 years getting to know the landscape of the town intimately. The only time you will see him without his 5 dogs is when he is on his bike.



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