Naturalist Richard Mabey and guests are in the New Forest to consider the natural and cultural history of three favourite British trees - the elm, the beech and holly.
Richard Mabey is that rare species - a gifted writer who can talk about the natural world in a way that interweaves botany, personal insights, intellectual history, art, memoir, poetry and an account of man's relationship with Nature.
Here he turns his attention to three favourite trees in the British landscape - the much-battered Elm, the festive Holly and his own 'personal' tree, the Beech.
Recorded on location in the New Forest his guests include the naturalist Clive Chatters and founder of Common Ground, Susan Clifford.
Producer: Susan Marling
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
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