Trees of Bristol


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Trees of Bristol, with striking photographs by artist/photographer Frank Drake and illuminating text by writer and poet Tony D’Arpino, will delight both lovers of Bristol and of the natural world. Words and images can be treated as separate poetic essays; together, they meld beautifully into a profile of trees in the city. It is an especially appropriate collaboration in the light of Bristol’s ‘green’ credentials. Frank Drake ranges widely, from trees in Bristol squares and gardens and on the waterfront to the city’s suburbs and wider environs. The Avon Gorge, home of the rare Bristol whitebeam, Bristol University’s Botanical Gardens, Ashton Court and the glorious setting of Arnos Vale cemetery, along with the city’s great wealth of open spaces, feature prominently. Tony D’Arpino’s elegant prose, with apt literary allusions, sets Bristol in a world-wide context and claims for the city many important specimens and settings. Additional material is supplied by George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, nature writer Christopher Somerville, and Alan Stealey whose remit includes managing the University of Bristol’s Botanical Garden. ISBN: 978-1-908326-28-7 112pp softback