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The New Sylva - events at botanic gardens across the UK

3 June 2014

The New Sylva is a contemporary and seminal text on trees and forestry in the UK, published in April 2014. Botanic gardens across the UK are celebrating its publication with activities and events throughout the year.

Find out more about the book and upcoming events below and on The New Sylva website.


The New Sylva is a major new tree and forestry book by Gabriel Hemery with illustrations by Sarah Simblet. It was published in April 2014 to coincide with the 350th anniversary of publication of John Evelyn’s original Sylva by the Royal Society in 1664. The new book features over 100 tree species and 200 illustrations and provides a contemporary update for the 21st Century of the celebrated original Sylva text.

The book can be purchased online here


Dr. Gabriel Hemery, forest scientist and author of The New Sylva, also co-founded and is Chief Executive of The Sylva Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to revive Britain’s wood culture. The Sylva Foundation supports forestry science, promotes trees and their management to the public, and supports the production and availability of home-grown timber. Visit The Sylva Foundation website.

Below is an illustration of a Maple by Dr. Sarah Simblet, taken from The New Sylva.


Events at botanic gardens across the UK

University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum – April 1st to November 30th 2014

Harcourt Arboretum has installed an outdoor arboretum trail featuring illustrations and information taken from The New Sylva. The trail allows you to wander through the arboretum, see the tree species featured in the book and learn about their representation and uses in Britain. Find out more here.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Scotland – 5th April – 15th June 2014

An exhibition celebrating the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva and publication of The New Sylva  features drawings by Sarah Simblet and classic tree books. Find out more here.

Westonbirt National Arboretum – June 1st to August 31st 2014

An outdoor summer trail has been set up amongst the trees featuring illustrations from The New Sylva. Find out more here.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Scotland - Mon 23rd June - Thurs 10th July 2014

An exhibition of drawings celebrating the publication of The New Sylva.  Find out more here

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin – dates to be confirmed

An exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva and information panels covering the history of the original Sylva.

Find out more about upcoming events to celebrate publication of The New Sylva on their website.

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