The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees


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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.

Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers. Paperback, 170 x 125 mm, 102 pages, May 2017.


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