Silva Britannica is a celebration of trees in Britain, with the focus principally on the native species. It brings together numerous tree-related topics, with chapters concerning their evolution, their sociological, economic and cultural influences on man, the diversity of manifestations within individual species, and the interrelationships between the various species. There is fascinating materials on trees in myth and legend, on the herbal and medicinal uses of trees, on woodland crafts and industries, and on tree planting, conservation and management. Trees and the products of trees touch the lives of everyone. The book sets out to inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how and why this is so. It is highly readable, full of accurate and scholarly information, and profusely and splendidly illustrated with many hundreds of new photographs and archive illustrations.
Archie Miles has built a reputation in the tree world, frequently writing, photographing and lecturing for both the Tree Council and the Woodland Trust. He also has his own picture archive with over 100,000 images of trees and tree-related subjects.