Our books of the year

Love reading as much as you love trees? Us too! That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of our favourite tree– and plant-related books of the year, with exclusive discounts (and prizes!) for Tree Wardens. Explore the world’s magnificent plants and Britain’s most loved trees or learn about tree herbalism, arboreal lore and forest movement. Read on to find out more and enter our Tree Warden competition to be in with a chance of winning some of these incredible books.  

Around the World in 80 Trees, Jon Drori

The follow-up to Jon’s bestselling Around the World in 80 Treeshis latest fabulous publication, Around the World in 80 Plantstakes us on another botanical journey to discover 80 magnificent plants from all around the globe. From the familiar tomato and dandelion to the eerie mandrake and Spanish ‘moss’ of Louisiana, each of these stories is full of surprises and beautifully illustrated by Lucille Clerc. Jonathon uses plant science to illuminate the links each plant has with our own history, culture and folklore. This amazing book has even won The Times’ Book of the Year Award! 

You can buy this book from LaurenceKing.com

Use The Tree Council’s discount code: 80TREECOUNCIL for 35% off!

A Portrait of a Tree, Adrian Houston

Photographer Adrian Houston asked people across the country a simple question: ‘What is your favourite tree?’ Their responses, and the stories behind them, are captured in this breathtaking new book and are brought to life through Adrian’s truly stunning photography. This diverse celebration of Britain’s most beloved trees is a testament to how significant and personal they are to us, with stories ranging from those of survival, to others of sheltering royalty, witnessing history, or simply of personal grief and renewal. Every turn of the page provides a new perspective from which we can understand and adore these giants of the natural world even more.

You can buy this book for 40% off using code: POT22. Order by contacting Hachette Distribution at hukdcustomerservice@hachette.co.uk or 01235 759555 quoting the discount code and book number 9781529412581.

The Tree Dispensary, Christina Stapley 

The Tree Dispensary is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about tree herbalism and its origins. It provides in-depth exploration into 30 native European trees, covering cultivation, cookery, foraging, crafts, history, botany, medicinal use and mythology. A ‘Herbalists Reference’ for each tree includes medicinal uses, dosage and constituents and reflects the author’s own extensive experience of using these wonderful tree remedies. 

You can buy this book from Aeonbooks.co.uk

Use The Tree Council’s discount code: TT20 to get 20% off!

Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal Lore, Joan Maloof

This fact-filled illustrated compendium has nearly 100 different entries on a huge range of topics from tree ecology and conservation to the role of trees in religion and movies. Maloof explores some of the most remarkable trees on the planet and includes profiles of conservationists like John Muir and Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill. With illustrations by Maren Westfall, Treepedia is a fun, informative guide for tree lovers – and it’s published on 100% recycled, wood-free paper!

You can get this book from Press.princeton.edu

Use The Tree Council’s discount code: TTC21 for 30% off!

The Journey of Trees, Zach St George

An illuminating portrait of forest migration, The Journey of Trees explores the fascinating world of how our beloved forests, move, grow, change and die. Zach St George draws on his travels across the world to discuss every aspect of forest movement from the impact climate change is having on natural regeneration to the stories of the conservationists fighting on the front lines to protect against human encroachment. This informative book is full of science and stories, despair and hope, examining the problems we face today, and offering solutions on how we can help our trees, and our planet, survive and thrive. 

You can buy this book on Amazon.co.uk

The Happy Hedgerow, Elena Mannion

A charmingly positive children’s book that will help children treasure nature, The Happy Hedgerow is about an old Oak’s sadness in seeing their friend Beech’s beloved hedgerow destroyed by a farmer. With the wildlife gone and nothing growing, Oak doesn’t know what to do. But hope is restored when a new farmer plants a new hedgerow and brings back life to the field. By showing children just how empty our countryside would be without these wonderful, ancient habitats, the story engenders a lasting affection and appreciation of our hedgerows. The book is also beautifully illustrated by Erin Brown, with accurate details of flora and fauna to help them learn!

You can buy this book on Hive.co.uk

Book-bundle prize draw

Enter now for your chance to win six tree-mendous books! Deadline to apply is the 22nd of December 12:00pm.

What’s in the bundle?

Sprout Lands, William Bryant Logan

The Tree Dispensary, Christina Stapley 

Paul Nash, Emma Chambers (ed.)

A Portrait of a Tree, Adrian Houston

Trees and How to Grow Them, The Tree Council

How to See Birds, Matthew Stadlen