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Sylva

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This beech by the green in old Feniton was planted in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Image: Feniton Parish Council

In 1664 John Evelyn published Sylva, A Discourse of Forest Trees, and urged reforestation. It's thought that a million trees were planted in Britain as a result.

I think my favourite tree might be the beech. I climbed one to the top when I was five, and I've planted a weeping copper beech.

Really, I wish I had planted more trees, and it's not too late. It's never too late, especially if you like the idea that a child you will never know will glory in its shade and light and climb it and drink in the air it makes.


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