T C Smout on writing Scotland's woodland history

Sat 15 June 2013

3.00 pm — 3.45 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
Patrick Geddes Room, upstairs in the John Hope Gateway
Free but please book your place at EventBrite - see details below

Why write Scotland's woodland history? Chris Smout explains what led him to the task and how he set about it. He shows how estate papers, old maps and the register of deeds can combine with the published writings of travellers and forestry experts to build up a picture of the past, and how the knowledge of archaeologists and ecologists can help to make sense of it.

The aim is to produce a nuanced account of how Scots managed their natural woods between the time of the hunter-gatherers and the present day, and how human management interacted with climate and other natural forces over the ages. 

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