Sprout Lands: Tending The Everlasting Gift Of Trees

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Author Logan, William Bryant
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Once, farmers knew how to make a living fence and fed their flocks on tree-
anch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts and of straight, strong, flexible rods for
idges, walls, and baskets. Townspeople cut beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again.Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them. Rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known. From these woods came the poetic landscapes of Shakespeare’s England and of ancient Japan. The trees themselves lived longer.William Bryant Logan travels from the English fens to Spain, California, and Japan to rediscover and cele
ate what was once a common and practical ecology—finding hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach.