Trees in Landscape and Culture : Dr Twigs Way

"The oak and the ash, the holly and the hornbeam, willows, spindles and service, poplars pears, limes and pines. . . England is full of trees – in hedgerows and parks, along boundaries and in gardens. This course will explore some of the histories behind their presence, their uses and meanings, where they are from, when they arrived, where they are planted and why. We will celebrate them in art and in literature, explore poems in their honour and even taste their produce. From the ancient yew to the modern multi-stemmed birch, each week a new tree and a new tale to tell."

Tutor: Dr Twigs Way

"Dr Twigs Way is a professional garden historian and divides her time between research and consultancy, giving lectures, talks and writing books. Twigs came to garden history from a career in archaeology, having focussed on landscape archaeology during her PhD. Since 2004 she has worked closely with English Heritage and other public bodies undertaking research on parks and gardens. Twigs has appeared in numerous television programmes including Gardeners' World. "