Book review – Trees of Bristol

Trees of BristolI’m a huge fan of Bristol’s green spaces and their towering, leafy residents, so couldn’t resist this beautiful book. Packed with gleaming photography by Frank Drake and accompanied by Tony D’Arpino’s thoughtful, knowledgeable prose, Trees of Bristol is a finely balanced blend of words and images that offers up a wooded (rather than potted) history of the city, or simply give you a few moments’ light-dappled respite.

Explaining the choices made by himself and Drake, D’Arpino says the trees featured within aren’t included because they’re “ancient or rare (although some are), but because they are the pervasive icons of our daily forest. They are the friends we meet every day”. It’s a pleasing concept, and a reminder that Bristol is an urban space edged by forest – and no street or square lacks a view hedgerows, fields and grassy hillside ­– which D’Arpino attributes to a “legacy of luck and planning.” Continue reading