Weapons of war, altars of sacrifice, instruments of peace, and fuel for the industrial revolution: these are the trees that made Britain.
Whether it is part of a grand avenue, a vibrant hedge row, a colourful orchard or an ancient wood, every native tree in Britain tells its own story. The oldest living inhabitants on the planet, trees have been used in a multitude of ways by mankind over the centuries.
Join Archie Miles as he tells the stories of trees that have influenced the culture, myths and fabric of the nation. From the oak used to build HMS Victory to the longbows made from Yew, trees have been integral to the history of Britain.
Archie Miles joins us at the Chelsea History Festival to mark the reissue of his bestselling book The Trees That Made Britain and will illustrate his talk with his own photographs.
About the speaker
Archie Miles has built a reputation in the tree world, writing and photographing a succession of tree-related books over the last 25 years. He has worked with the Tree Council, The Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission. He lectures frequently and makes occasional appearances on radio and TV. His picture archive contains over 50,000 images of trees and tree-related subjects.