Thursday, 19 February 2015
The sad loss of Oliver Rackham – one of the greatest contributors to the study of trees, woodlands and the landscape.
Oliver Rackham was one of my greatest inspirations. Before his great work “Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape”, few of us had any idea about ancient woodland; we didn't understand how special they were, few realized that woods were managed and very few understood the great historical and cultural value of woodland. Oliver Rackham opened a whole library of rich new meaning to generations of people with an interest in woodland and landscape. His books were just becoming well known as I was developing my own interest in woodlands and his sudden death after collapsing at a dinner in Leckhampton leaves a great hole were there once was the leading authority on trees and woodlands. Some great tributes have been payed to Oliver; see, for example posts by Keith Kirby and Ian Rotherham.