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Book - A Portrait of the Tree: A celebration of favourite trees from around Britain

Book - A Portrait of the Tree: A celebration of favourite trees from around Britain

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A stunning collection of portraits of favourite trees from around Britain by photographer Adrian Houston.

‘This is a wonderful book: beautiful and important’ – Joanna Lumley

‘A must-read for all conservationists, environmentalists and nature lovers’ – Sir Richard Branson

‘Adrian’s stunning photographs capture the majesty of these iconic trees.’ – Geraint Richards, Chair of Action Oak

A Portrait of the Tree is a repository of memories, and a testament to the British landscape. Trees are revealed as religious signifiers, historical landmarks, national emblems.

Sparked by a simple question: ‘What is your favourite tree?’, photographer Adrian Houston discovered a wealth of fascinating stories enmeshed with these giants of the natural world – some of miraculous survival, others of sheltering royalty, or witnessing history, or simply of personal grief and renewal. Adrian photographed each nominated tree looking utterly glorious: spotlit by night, bathed in morning sunshine, wreathed in delicate mist or blazing with autumn colour.

From the cedars of Highclere Castle to the plane trees of London, ancient pine woods of the Scottish Highlands to veteran oaks that have stood witness to time; from native stalwarts such as the monumental beech to endangered giant redwoods. This stunning celebration bears witness to the might and majesty of the lungs of the earth – the tree.


Joanna Lumley, Tony Kirkham, Dr George McGavin, Antony Gormley, Jasper Conran, Alice Temperley, Alan Titchmarsh, Sir Richard Carew Pole, the Reverend Lucy Winkett

‘As a tree practitioner and tree lover I enjoy seeing and meeting special trees in gardens and in their natural settings like a woodland, and this is one of the many reasons for spending a lifetime working with them. The next best thing is seeing a good image that captures the natural beauty of a good specimen, old or young, common or rare, and there are few photographers that can do that well. Adrian is one of these photographers that can see the potential and seizes the moment to capture that beauty at any time of day or night.’ - Tony Kirkham, MBE VMH, Head of Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

About the author:

Adrian Houston's passion is conservation. His work has seen him travel to some of the world's most unexplored and inhospitable terrains, with his powerful photographs subsequently gracing everything from advertising campaigns to magazine covers. His work has been exhibited both at The National Gallery and The Royal Academy of Arts.

ISBN: 9781529412581

Author: Adrian Houston

Size: 286 x242 26mm

Format: Hardback

Provenance: Hachette are committed to sourcing products sustainably and to communicating our expectations clearly to our suppliers so that, together, we can produce our content in the best possible way for both the planet and the people involved.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing


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