BOOKS

Sylvan Cities

Helen Babbs

RRP: £14.99

2 May 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786493644

RRP: £8.99

2 May 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786493651

Sylvan City is a potted-journey through our cities’ woody places and a literary hunt for where their wild things are.

Reviews for Sylvan Cities:

‘Clever, pretty, fun and informative – what more can a reader ask for?’
Sara Maitland, author of Gossip From the Forest

‘Full of gems; a manifesto for green cities. Babbs will turn us all into urban rangers, an unquiet army of neighbourhood watchers.’
Max Adams, author of Wisdom of Trees

An intricately illustrated journey into the urban forest, Sylvan City is both a practical guide to identifying twenty of the most common trees standing sentry on our street corners, and a lyrical, anecdotal treasure trove of facts and history, culture and leafy lore.

It’s certainly possible to appreciate a tree for its beauty, its shade and its shelter without knowing whether it’s an alder, an elder, a lime or a beech. But look harder, and we begin to see the beauty beneath the bark – the tales of how trees are integral to medicine and art as they are furniture and firewood; the stories of why wild figs grow on the banks of Sheffield’s rivers and why the ash tree is touched with magic and mischief.