Clive has worked in arboriculture since the early 1990’s, as a practitioner, a local government officer and an independent consultant.
A long-standing advocate of custodial arboriculture, he sees tree professionals as fleeting caretakers of the trees and landscapes in their care.
This has led to a desire to learn more about the trees we inherit, using archaeology, geology, art, photography and written records to reach a more holistic understanding of the factors which shaped those individual trees, the landscapes they inhabit, and the people who worked them.
It's a millennium-spanning, global story which is strikingly familiar and relevant, from ancient Mesopotamia to the Americas, from the Amazon to the Sussex Weald, via a myriad of places in between.
This webinar looks at one chapter of this global story, focusing on the largely overlooked contribution made by British woodlands over two world wars. It considers those pre-war woodlands, describes the nature and extent of their contribution during the conflicts, and assesses its post war legacy. It also considers what the removal of nearly half of the of the country’s woodlands – twice over in just thirty years - looks like, both then and now.