Deakin’s ‘Wildwood’

I may have assumed for too long that trees are passive bystanders in relation to human society. Yes, they breathe out oxygen, but they just stand there, and occasionally wave about in the wind, right? Well, not quite. The ‘widow-makers’ alluded to by the late Roger Deakin, in his recently published, and enthralling book, ‘Wildwood – A Journey Through Trees’, puts such an assumption into perspective:

Some of the other trees, mostly cherries, lean at odd angles, monuments to past storms. These are called widow-makers by lumberjacks because of the explosive energy in the sprung trunk, coiled to kick back and fling the saw in your face or just knock you flat. (p.47)


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