Trees: 800 Years Later at the British Library

Tree Line Cover ImageWe are delighted to be taking part in Trees: 800 Years Later at the British Library on Thursday 14 September

Learn about the Tree Charter, or Charter of the Forest, seen by some as the foundation for private property. In the 13th century, the Charter restored the rights of the ordinary person to make use of woodlands. What was its impact, and how have trees and forests – both the reality, and the idea of them – been used in art and culture? This panel discussion features legal expert Jeff Twentyman, Oxford professor of English, Fiona Stafford, and David Carpenter, leading historian on Britain in the central middle ages, and is book-ended by short poetry readings from new anthology The Tree Line.

Jeff Twentyman is a partner in the City law firm Slaughter and May.  He is chairman of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a collaborative alliance of law firms focused on improving their environmental impacts and sustainability efforts. He has been involved with numerous environmentally focused organisations over the years including the Woodland Trust.

Fiona Stafford is a professor of English language and literature at the University of Oxford. She is author and presenter of The Meaning of Trees for BBC Radio 3 and author of The Long, Long Life of Trees (Yale University Press).

David Carpenter is a leading authority on the history of Britain in the central middle ages. Prior to joining King’s College London in 1988, David held lectureships at Christ Church, Oxford, St Hilda’s College Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, and Queen Mary College, University of London.

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