The story of forestry in Britain over the last one hundred years
THE FORESTRY COMMISSION 1919-2019
Forward by Jon Snow
Edited by Ian Gambles
Publication Date: 29 August 2019 Price: £25
Founded in 1919 to deal with the chronic timber shortage after the First World War, the Forestry Commission has developed from a government department focused on production into a leading environmental organisation that champions the landscape, encouraging wildlife and public access. The sheer scale of the organisation between and after the wars meant that it built its own roads and bridges, constructed and supported entire villages and planted over two million acres of forest.
Published to mark the centenary of the Commission, British Forests examines not only its unique history but also the Commission’s role in research, and the promotion of tree planting in both cities and countryside. The book features a selection of the nations’ forests and beautiful botanical illustrations of trees from its pinetum at Bedgebury in Kent.
Jon Snow said, ‘For me, the Forestry Commission ranks with the NHS and the Houses of Parliament as key to our British way of life. This wonderful book describes the Commission’s evolution over its first 100 years, but amid the vastly increased need for more trees in Britain, for timber, to help combat climate change and tree diseases the Forestry Commission continues to play an absolutely indispensable role.’
Ian Gambles, Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, said, ‘This book brings together expertise from across our organisation to tell the story of our first 100 years. From timber production to caring for endangered species, tree related research to outdoor recreation, we hope readers will be intrigued and inspired by our work.’