Across millennia, trees have offered us shelter, provided us with sustenance and medicine. They have given us wood for tools, weapons and toys, and timber for houses, fences, boats and bridges. But perhaps most significant of all, trees have provided us with fuel for fire, the engine of civilization. This is a richly illustrated guide to the human significance of 55 trees, from alder to oak, looking at their botanical characteristics; their place in world myth, magic and folklore; their healing properties; and their practical contribution to society.
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