Notes From Nature Talk

Oliver Rackham RIP

  • michaelf500 by michaelf500

    Great tree botanist, died 12 Feb


  • DZM by DZM admin

    He made the overlooked point that every square inch of Britain has
    been owned by somebody, or has been set aside for communal use, since
    the Iron Age. In historical times England was never covered in vast
    forests. It is and always was a country of small woods and fields.
    Where it has not vanished under suburbs or the plough, Henry VIII
    would recognise the countryside of today; so, in all probability,
    would Julius Caesar.

    Huh. I learned something today. Sounds like a really great guy. The loss will be felt.