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Woodlanders: New Life in Britain’s Forests

On Saturday 6 November people squeezed into a yurt erected in an Edinburgh Square to celebrate the publication of Woodlanders, edited by Ian Edwards.  Produced in association with the charity Reforesting Scotland, this beautifully illustrated book consists of a series of essays by, or about, people who have turned to woodlands for their living, or their inspiration.  Timber buildings, foraging, constructing wooden xylophones, medical herbalism, community art and storytelling are some of the many topics covered.  At the celebration some of the contributors spoke of their work in the yurt; other, less fortunate, contributors attempted to display their skills in the continuous rain outside.  Anyone with any interest in trees and woods will find Woodlanders to be a stimulating read and will want not only to buy their own copy but also buy copies to give to their friends.

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