Digital sampler of The New Sylva


To mark the publication of The New Sylva, Bloomsbury Publishing have released a digital sampler of the book.

digital sampler of The New Sylva

digital sampler of The New Sylva

The New Sylva is released in North America

The New Sylva

The New Sylva – Bloomsbury Publishing USA

The New Sylva is released today, 21st October, in North America.

Visit Bloomsbury Publishing USA for more information.

It is available in all good bookstores, and via major online retailers such as and Barnes & Noble.

The New Sylva wins design award

The New Sylva

The New Sylva

The New Sylva has won an award for design from the International Society of Typographic Designers.

The Premier Award for books was collected by Peter Dawson, Creative Director of Grade Design at a ceremony in Bexhill-on-Sea, at the De La Warr Pavillion.

Title The New Sylva
Studio Grade Design
Art direction Peter Dawson
Designers Peter Dawson, Louise Evans

Peter Dawson said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our design and craft for The New Sylva title has been recognised with a Premier Award by the International Society of Typographic Designers Awards 2014. It’s a huge coup for me personally and for the studio, as it’s such a prestigious award and one that is judged to the very highest of standards.”

The award results have posted on the ISTD website

Review in The Countryman

“There can perhaps be no greater tribute to Dr Gabriel Hemery’s The New Sylva than that it manages to inhabit the soul of Evelyn’s original, whilst reinvigorating it, and reshaping his message for our times.”


“Its pages contain not merely descriptions of the appearance of individual species . . . It is a magisterial work that combines art and history with science.”


“The book is a stimulating read, and beautiful to look at.”


The New Sylva – by Jack Watkins
The Countryman, October 1st 2014

Guided walk by author Gabriel Hemery


Sat, 13/09/2014 – 2:00pm3:30pm

Join the author of The New Sylva on a guided walk around the Sylva Trail at Harcourt Arboretum.  Learn more about what inspired him to rewrite Evelyn’s landmark book of 1664, what trees have meant to us over the centuries, and the future of our forests.  Gabriel is a chartered forester and is Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation.

Tickets cost £15

To book your ticket, please click here

A selection of independent reviews

The New Sylva review in Sunday Telegraph 13 April 2014

We have featured extracts from a number of published reviews of The New Sylva, ranging from The Times Literary Supplement to The Lady, from the Royal Forestry Society to Gardens Illustrated. Here is a selection of reviews from independent bloggers, readers and others written over recent months.

“The clear and authoritative text is sprinkled with quotes from John Evelyn; it’s almost as if the great man is listening in on the conversation and offering gems of wisdom from the comfort of an armchair.”

‘The New Sylva is a real treasury of woodland wisdom, and I know I shall be dipping into it regularly, both for pleasure and for reference.   This is a book to cherish for generations – but I hope it will also be used as an educational resource, re-connecting our children with the lore and science of trees.”

The Hazel Tree – reviewed by Jo Woolf

“It’s a real credit to Dr Gabriel Hemery that this is actually an enjoyable book to read as well as an interesting one. Necessary information regarding biology and pests/diseases is balanced by history and folklore, the result is undoubtedly scholarly as well as being entirely accessible by the lay person; it’s a book that keeps you reading on. What really makes it though are the absolutely stunning illustrations.”

Shiny New Books – reviewed by Hayley Anderton

“An intelligent and gorgeous book. John Evelyn would have been entranced.”

“Beautifully written and illustrated.”

“A fantastic and informative book, a must for all true arboriculture fanatics and all who are interested in our nations trees. Very well written and illustrated.”

“Wow! I thought it was a steepish price but SO much work has gone into this – it’s not! It’s an amazing piece of work.”

A small selection of reader reviews on

If you know of any other reviews you think we should feature, please do let us know.