‘Wildwood Legacy: What our native trees did for us’ by Martyn Baguley

The book tells the story of our native wildwood and native trees and the folklore that surrounds them.


  • Would we have won the Battle of Trafalgar without the alder tree?
  • Why are talismans made from hawthorn wood offered on the web?  
  • Why are garden brooms often made out of birch twigs?  
  • What is the biggest organism on the planet?                                                                                                          

The answers to these questions and much more can be found within this delightful book which describes the history and folklore behind eighteen of our native trees in an informative and enjoyable read.  From the end of the last Ice Age through millennia the original wildwood flourished but in providing a rich bounty for humans they sadly succumbed to depredation on an epic scale.  Fortunately through education and persistence, recent years have witnessed significant efforts to plant our native trees.

This eloquently written book will appeal to all who have an interest in our environment, wildwood trees and their rich folklore.

‘Many thanks for the copy of your book on native trees which I hope will have a wide readership.  I have really enjoyed discovering all the cultural associations and the many ways in which the species have been used in the past.  I will recommend for the first year field course’.    

Professor Richard Ennos, University of Edinburgh

The illustrated book consists of around 93 pages and is published by Friends of the Pentlands.  All profits from the sale of the book will be used by the Friends for charitable purposes.

Priced at £10 a copy plus postage, available from 8 March 2017.

To order please contact Margaret Granger email: sales@pentlandfriends.org.uk



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