Special edition prints from The New Sylva to be auctioned

Some 80 special edition prints from The New Sylva are to be auctioned to raise money for charity.

The Sylva Foundation – the charity that supported the production of the book by appointing Sarah Simblet as its artist-in-residence – will be auctioning the prints via an online auction site.

The fine art Giclée prints will be selected from the 200 original drawings made especially for the book, and are sure to include those that readers have told us are among their favourites. Each print will be a single edition – signed by Sarah Simblet – accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both book authors.

We wanted to inform our dedicated readers first. This is a unique opportunity to own a high quality print of Sarah Simblet’s work.

If you are interested in being among the first to know when the auction goes live, you can add your email to a list being compiled by the Sylva Foundation. Simply use the form below.

All proceeds for the auction will go towards the charitable work of the Sylva Foundation

Author talk at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet are delighted to announce that they will be giving a public talk about The New Sylva at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on 29th January.

We will talk about the making of The New Sylva and the importance of trees to society and the environment.

Books will be available to purchase, signed by the authors.


The New Sylva

Cream of the crop

” . . . any gardener or naturalist could only be delighted to be given The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the 21st Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Bloomsbury, £50), renovating John Evelyn’s classic, Sylva, of 1664. Beautifully illustrated with black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings by Simblet, it sets out “to revitalise our wood culture: to plant a tree; to marvel at the beauty and richness of a woodland…”.  The New Sylva looks to the future for each species — and it’s a delight on every page.”

David Sexton, London Evening Standard
11th December 2014

Review in Irish Forestry

“This is a magnificent book which will appeal not only to anybody interested in trees, but also those who appreciate beautiful books. Highly recommended.”

Kevin Hutchinson, Irish Forestry (Society of Irish Foresters)
December 2014

Featured in Books of the Year list by Mail on Sunday

The New Sylva features in Top Books of the Year by the Mail on Sunday.

Books of the Year 2014 - Mail on Sunday - 30th November 2014

Books of the Year 2014 – Mail on Sunday – 30th November 2014. Photo: Mail on Sunday.

The New Sylva – A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the 21st Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Bloomsbury). An unparalleled understanding of our trees, updating John Evelyn’s 17th-century Sylva, the first comprehensive study.