The Oak Papers

by James Canton

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The Honeywood Oak is a splendid mature tree in the grounds of Marks Hall estate outside Coggeshall, just a few miles away from Colchester.

For centuries it was part of a woodland of many hundred ancient oaks – until the 1950’s when the woodland was felled. Somehow, this one tree escaped the chain saws and now it stands alone on the same patch of ground where it has stood for over 8oo years.

Interleaved with beautifully written observations of nature this book also explores the place of the oak tree in the trace of human history and its veneration as sacred stretching back through the ages to the dawn of civilisation.

This is a gentle and richly layered book that describes James Canton’s journey to understand the true nature of the Oak.

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