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.

Book features in The Washington Post


[The] “New Sylva” bespeaks a cultural relationship with the tree that may be missing in other societies and has to do with the way trees are permitted to grow old in Britain — as in centuries old — and the way they inhabit a seamless terrain between close-set garden, park and countryside.

Adrian Higgins
The Washington Post


The New Sylva wins major award for design and production

The New Sylva has won an award in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014.

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In the category for general non-fiction, known as “trade illustrated”, it won against stiff competition to secure the prize.

The judge’s comments:

The New Sylva is beautifully designed and produced. The stunning and delicate illustrations are printed onto a very tactile, soft uncoated stock which lends itself well to the pen and ink [pencil] drawings. Beyond its apparent simplicity and humbleness in the form and approach, what makes the book feel quite special are the details: how well the text is set and various glyphs used to animate the pages discretely and elegantly. The red and black colour palette throughout allows the book to be distinguished from other titles on nature. Overall this book is an exquisite object which invites one to learn and delve into the content as well as inspire quietness and calm.

Book designer Peter Dawson, from Grade Design, said:

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the team whose collaboration have created such a stunning title. The Awards have brought the book’s profile to the wider attention of the design, print and publishing industries and in return they have rewarded our efforts with the accolade of Best Trade Illustrated Book 2014.”

British Book Design and Production Awards 2014 – winners