Free UK standard delivery over £50 *| Join our newsletter and get 15% off your first order**

Great Trees of Britain and Ireland

In stock

This book offers a guide to the best ancient trees, avenues and forests across Britain and Ireland, but also aims to help protect these irreplaceable treasures, by telling their stories and making them more accessible.


Author: Tony Hall. 184pp. 90 colour photographs. 246 x 189 mm. Hardback, ISBN 978 1 84246 746 6, Kew Publishing, 2022.

A wealth of ancient trees, avenues, and forests grow in Britain and Ireland. Boasting Europe’s largest number of ancient oaks and yews, Britain and Ireland are home to forests that can be traced back for centuries, feature amazing avenues lined with trees hundreds of years old, and include some truly majestic individual trees.

In this book, Kew expert Tony Hall profiles 60 of our amazing ancient trees, avenues and forests, revealing their locations across Britain and Ireland. Tony takes the reader on a tremendous tree journey, with treasures such as the stunning wilderness of the highlands of Scotland, home to remnants of the Caledonian Forest, where huge Scots pines grow that are direct descendants from those that first arrived after the last ice age 9,000 years ago. In Ireland, Tony encounters ‘Dark Hedges’, the imposing beech avenue featured in Game of Thrones, as well as the Muckross yew, one of the country’s oldest yews growing in the cloister at Muckross Abbey. Learn about oaks that witnessed ancient battles at the ‘Gateway of the Dead’ in Wales, and how in central and southern England, the once royal hunting forests from past centuries are now home to some of the best ancient woodland anywhere in Europe and provide a refuge for rare fauna and flora.

This book offers a guide to the best ancient trees, avenues and forests across Britain and Ireland, but also aims to help protect these irreplaceable treasures, by telling their stories and making them more accessible.

With a foreword by renowned tree expert Tony Kirkham, MBE.


Media coverage:

From ancient oaks to walking yews: the story of Britain's great trees, forests and avenues. The Guardian

The importance of Britain's ancient woodlands. House & Garden

... enjoy these treasures from your armchair or [to] use as a guide for your next staycation. Countryside

An awe-inspiring arboreal journey through ancient trees, avenues and forests. The Lady

The UK’s oldest tree, and other fascinating forest facts, The Sunday Post


Tony Hall is Head of Temperate Collections - Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he has worked for more than 20 years helping to maintain Kew’s world-renowned collection of over 12,000 trees. He is the author of The Immortal Yew (Kew Publishing, 2018), Gardening with Drought-Friendly Plants (Kew Publishing, 2020), and Wild Plants of Southern Spain (Kew Publishing, 2017).

More Information
Product type Books
Write Your Own Review
Only registered users can write reviews. Please Sign in or create an account

United Kingdom

We offer FREE delivery on UK-only orders over £50 (Tracked Standard delivery service). (This does not apply to our print-on-demand service)

Our other delivery costs are as follows:

  • UK Tracked Standard - £5 (delivery 3-6 working days from date of order)
  • UK Tracked Express - £8.95 (delivery 1-3 working days from date of order)

Please note the following exclusions:

Mat Collishaw framed prints can take up to 2 weeks for delivery and are excluded from promotional discounts.

Limited edition art pieces by Marc Quinn can take up to 12 weeks for delivery.

We are unable to deliver to hotels and PO BOX addresses. In the event that an order is placed to be delivered to either of these destinations, we will cancel and refund the order.

Age restricted products

If your basket contains age restricted products, our courier will request passport or driving license ID if the recipient looks under 25.

International and EU

International and EU orders are subject to variable postage costs calculated at checkout; these are dependent on the size and value of your order.

Orders to EU and International addresses may be subject to local customs duty or taxes. You will need to pay any additional charges for customs clearance, charges include local VAT and duty based on the value and origin of the product upon receipt of your order.

Weight restrictions: We are unable to ship orders where the total weight is over 2kg outside of the United Kingdom.

Product restrictions: We are unable to ship seeds, plants, bulbs, inflammable products, sharp and/or bladed items, food and beverages outside of the United Kingdom.