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0201Yew, Sycamore And Ash2013061220190928 (BBC7)
20190929 (BBC7)

In the first of two programmes about British trees, Richard Mabey is in Hampshire to tell the natural and the cultural history of a selection of British trees.

His journey takes him from Gilbert White's village of Selborne down into the New Forest. He gives an account of these favourite British trees not only in terms of what they have contributed to the landscape but what their uses have been and what part they have played in human history, mythology and religion.

From the 3000 year old Yew to the recent resurgence of young elm after the devastation of Dutch Elm disease, this is also a fascinating glimpse of the tenacity and resilience of trees in the wild.

Producer: Susan Marling

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Naturalist Richard Mabey profiles three of the oldest British trees - Yew, Beech and Elm.

Natural history series presented by Richard Mabey

0202Elm, Beech And Holly2013070320191005 (BBC7)
20191006 (BBC7)

Richard Mabey is that rare species - a gifted writer who can talk about the natural world in a way that interweaves botany, personal insights, intellectual history, art, memoir, poetry and an account of man's relationship with Nature.

Here he turns his attention to three favourite trees in the British landscape - the much-battered Elm, the festive Holly and his own 'personal' tree, the Beech.

Recorded on location in the New Forest his guests include the naturalist Clive Chatters and founder of Common Ground, Susan Clifford.

Producer: Susan Marling
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4

Richard Mabey considers the cultural and natural history of the Elm, Beech and Holly.

Natural history series presented by Richard Mabey

Producer: Susan Marling

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2013.