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Native Woodlands of ScotlandA History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920. A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920. The first modern history of Scottish woodlands explores the changing relationship between trees and people from the time of Scotland's first settlement, focusing on the period 1500 to 1920. Drawing on work in natural science, geography and history, as well as on the authors' own research, it presents an accessible and readable account that balances social, economic and environmental factors.Two opening chapters describe the early history of the woodlands. The book is then divided into chapters that consider traditional uses and management, the impact of outsiders on the pinewoods and the oakwoods in the first phase of exploitation, and the effect of industrialisation. Separate chapters are devoted to case studies of management at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus and on Skye.

A Pleasure in Scottish TreesA Pleasure in Scottish Trees. A Pleasure in Scottish Trees. All trees in Scotland come under scrutiny in this volume: those in woodlands and forests; in parks and parkland; in arboreta; and streets and gardens, large and small, public and private. There is also a section devoted to community woodlands. It celebrates the wealth of trees that flourish throughout the country, not only the 30-odd native to Scotland, but the 1000 and more introduced from everywhere in the temperate world. There is a long tradition of Scots as gardeners and foresters and the Scottish climate is suited to the growth of many sorts of trees. For centuries Scots have roved around the world sending home crates of seeds and plants. Alistair Scott draws on his experience of over five decades of climbing, planting, felling, managing, measuring, admiring, photographing and even chewing trees. Examples are taken from all over Scotland: Kelso to Hoy, Banchory to Stranraer, Montrose to Gigha.

Listen to the TreesListen to the Trees. Listen to the Trees. In his introduction, Don MacCaskill wrote modestly, 'I think I became a naturalist'. He was, in fact, one of Scotland's foremost naturalists and a remarkable wildlife photographer as well. In a flashback to his early years in Kilmartin, a village in Argyllshire, we learn of his awakening interest in man's relationship with the wildlife all around him, why was it necessary to kill it? And when accident, or fate, took him into a career in forestry, an inborn love of trees, both in woodland and forest, flourished and became his life. Photography came a little later, mostly as a record of what he was discovering in the natural world, but is of a remarkable quality in a time when modern aids to getting that special photograph of mammal or bird did not exist. This book is an account of his first year at Ardgarten, as a young forester newly out of college. Full of enthusiasm and confidence, he thought he knew everything and there was many an occasion when he had to discover that he didn't! It is an honest and often humorous account of forestry in the days after the Second World War when the forest folk of that time, who often lived in isolated communities 'far from the madding crowd', were genuinely interested in the work they were doing. There were some fascinating characters too! Trees are surely the supreme example of a life force stronger than our own, wrote Don. Some, like the giant redwoods of North America, live for thousands of years. Some, like our own oaks and pines, may live for centuries. All, given the right conditions, will regenerate their species and survive long into the future. Don wrote, 'I love trees'. It was true, he couldn't help it.

Landscapes and LivesLandscapes and Lives. Landscapes and Lives. Ancient oakwoods, thickets of shimmering birches or lonely clumps of gnarled Caledonian pine all count among the most atmospheric and inspiring places in Scotland. This is a portrait of the forests as we encounter them today, and their part in Scotland's story: from the Ice Age to the great woodlands imagined by the planting Dukes of Atholl and the blanket spruce plantations of the post-war years. It is written with a blend of myth and archaeological evidence, vivid glimpses of the great personalities and a taste of environmental and economic controversies.

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