This unique book explores the past and present uses of products (wood, bark, fruit, sap etc) of the 35 species of British native trees.

Including a guide to burning wood in the home
  • A genus by genus break down of past and present uses of British native tree products
  • A guide to Coppicing
  • The history and practice of Charcoal Production
  • Firewood – including an exploration of the environmental issues involved in burning wood in the home, sources of firewood, which wood to burn, seasoning and storing firewood, kindling and a foolproof guide to building the one-match-fire!

For example – find answers to the following questions:

Which tree saps can be used to make wine? Which was the best wood for making longbows? Oil from the bark of which tree is an effective insect repellent? Which tree’s bark contains chemical compounds that can selectively kill human cancer cells with no side effects? What is a faggot? What do bodgers do? Which berry was used as a coffee substitute? What wood is the panelling in the House of Commons made of? Which tree’s wood has the right acoustic qualities for making electric guitars? Which tree’s wood made charcoal taken to cure flatulence? …and many more fascinating facts!

This book is for smallholders, wood owners, tree surgeons, gardeners and anyone who loves trees!

The Author

Piers Warren

Piers Ⓥ is an author, conservationist, teacher, activist, cook and veganic veg-grower living in Norfolk UK. He also gives talks on climate change and how to live more lightly on the Earth. He has written numerous books on subjects such as wildlife film-making, organic food growing, gardening and vegan cooking as well as two novels. He has also written hundreds of magazine articles and has regular columns in several of them.

How to Order

British Native Trees: Their Past and Present Uses‘ is available as a paperback book, a PDF ebook or for kindle (see below).

Paperback: you can order it as a paperback from the majority of online bookstores all over the world.

Kindle version available from and many other countries’ Amazon stores)

eBook Order: ‘British Native Trees: Their Past and Present Uses’ as an eBook is in the form of a PDF file (1.8Mb). When you have paid by PayPal, click on the ‘return to seller‘ link on the PayPal page which will take you to a page where you can download the the PDF file. If the download page does not appear or you have any problems please contact us at

British Native Trees – Their Past and Present Uses

PDF eBook: £3.99