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Return to My Trees

Notes from the Welsh Woodlands

Walking through ancient Welsh forests, Yeomans reflects on our relationship to the woods.
 
When and how did humans lose their connection with nature—and how do we find it again? In Return to My Trees, Matthew Yeomans seeks to answer these questions as he walks more than 300 miles through the ancient and modern forests of Wales. Weaving history and folklore together with tales of industrial progress and decay, Yeomans immerses himself in the homes of ancient Druids, early Celtic saints, Norman lords, and early miners. As Yeomans walks, he reflects on the woodlands’ uncertain future and how humans might make peace with the natural world. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE – THE FALL OF THE TREES

Chapter 1 – The Wisdom of the Druids

Chapter 2 – The Story of the Saints

Chapter 3 – The Attack on the Forests

Chapter 4 – A New Forest Economy

Chapter 5 – The Original Black Gold

Chapter 6 – Stranded Assets

PART TWO – THE POWER OF THE TREES

Chapter 7 – Reconnecting Through Community

Chapter 8 – The Science of the Trees

Chapter 9 – In the Footsteps of the Welsh Robin Hood

Chapter 10 – The Stuff of Legend

Chapter 11 – Environmentalism’s Romantic Past

PART THREE – THE POWER OF THE TREES

Chapter 12 – A National Forest is Born

Chapter 13 – The Rights of Trees

Chapter 14 – Forest Politics

Chapter 15 – The Business of Nature

Chapter 16 – Sheep and Trees

Chapter 17 – Making Peace with Nature

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