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If you have an interest in trees, tree health, tree surgery, gardening or botany, there can be a bewildering array of books available on the market. Here are our recommendations to get you started.

Tree ID books
Collins Complete Guide to British Trees: A Photographic Guide to Every Common Species – A good quality field guide with many good quality photos.

Trees in Britain, Europe and North America – Too large for a field guide, but nonetheless a very good reference guide with many good quality photos, often to scale.

Collins Tree Guide – An extremely comprehensive field guide to trees of Britain and Europe. Contains many subspecies and cultivars – not for the beginner!

Books on botany in general
Collins Complete Guide to British Wild Flowers: A Photographic Guide to Every Common Species – An accessible guide to British Wild flowers with colour photographs rather than illustrations.

The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) – How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland – The authoritative text on wild flower (and tree) identification.

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification – A useful introduction to learning plants by botanical family and seeing the relationships between different species. The quick way to learn all your plants!

Wild Flowers of Britain- Another book by Roger Phillips featuring many high quality and life size photographs.

Trees: Their Natural History – A fascinating guide to what actually goes on inside a tree. Why do oak leaves have lobes? How do trees survive freezing temperatures? Why do trees die? This book answers all these questions and more.

Books on fungi
Mushrooms - Another authoritative photographic guide by Roger Phillips. This is THE book on mushrooms in the UK. Also available online -

Fungi (Pocket Nature) – A smaller and more portable guide to mushrooms, though nowhere near as comprehensive.

Books on gardening
Perennials: Early Perennials v.1: Early Perennials Vol 1 (Pan garden plant series) - Yet another compendious photographic guide for identifying garden perennials by Roger Phillips.

Perennials: Late Perennials v.2: Late Perennials Vol 2 (Pan Garden Plant) - Second volume of above…

RHS Pruning and Training – An extremely useful guide to when and how to prune a wide variety of garden trees and shrubs. Includes information on training fruit trees and ornamental forms.

Books on edible plants
Wild Food (Natural history photographic guides) - Roger Phillips again! Fantastic full colour photographic guide to some of the most common wild foods to be found in the British Isles.

Food for Free (Collins Natural History) – One of the earliest texts on nature’s harvest, and still one of the best. Part cookbook, part ID guide. This is a good read.

Wild Food – Part written by TV personality Ray Mears, part (probably most) by Palaeoethnobotanist Gordon Hillman. A more scientific look at the foods of our ancestors, including good recipe ideas.

Books on Arboriculture
The Face of Failure - This book by noted expert Dr. Claus Mattheck deals largely with the ways trees can fail, and the signs that they exhibit prior to doing so. A useful and accessible guide for tree surgeons and all tree owners concerned about the health of their trees.

The Body Language of Trees: A Handbook for Failure Analysis (Research for Amenity Trees)- Also by Claus Mattheck, this is a more academic look at the ‘biomechanics’ of trees, how they deal with wind, rain, rooting and holding up their own impressive bulk.

Diagnosis of Ill-health in Trees (Research for Amenity Trees) - Principal industry text for diagnosing many tree diseases be they fungal, bacterial, viral, etc.

The Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management (Research for Amenity Trees) – Another useful text for tree owners concerned about their trees in the light of a more litigous society. This manual discusses many options for managing potentially dangerous trees.

  • Thank you very much and please convey my thanks to the surgeons for a good job well done.

    Mr Millard –Earlswood

  • Many thanks for carrying out the tree work in my garden. It was a very good job and they tidied up. I was really pleased with the result 

    Mrs Hill – Betchworth

  • Many thanks, your guys did a great job, very friendly and helpful and they cleared up brilliantly. We didn't see them leave as we were still at work so didn't get a chance to thank them so please pass that on for us. We can't believe the difference it has made, we have daylight not to mention a massive reduction in leaf clearing up this autumn!

    Mrs Griffiths - Epsom.

  • All works completed in a courteous and professional manner. Thanks to your guys.

    Mr Partridge – Reigate

  • Thank you for the work done in the garden yesterday - really lovely boys - who did a brilliant job. Trees look so much better

    Mrs Chambers – Dorking

  • The Lads did a great job. Arrived on time, carried out the surgery efficiently and with care, as well as clearing everything up before they left. Also fantastic to deal with an efficient head office team handling quotes and invoicing. Thank you for a job well done.

    Mr Johnson - Fetcham

  • Just wanted to say your two guys did cracking work at my place today with felling the willow tree. Definitely get your team back to sort out rest of the garden in a few months time Please pass on my thanks

    Mr Albert –Caterham

  • Dear Adriaan and team – Thank you for your great work on our trees 

    The Marshalls – Esher

  • Many thanks. We are very pleased at the outcome of this tree work.

    Mrs Crowther - Weybridge

  • Dear Dave, I just wanted to say how pleased I was in the way that Justin and his team efficiently tackled my garden – back and front!

    Mrs Grant – Esher

  • Thank you for your work. I will be in touch for further work in the summer

    Mr Burrows – Nutfield

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