Talk: How to Read a Tree

Hosted by Gilbert White's House, Selborne


Thursday 5 October 2023


From 7:30pm until 8:45pm


£12 for an onsite ticket
£6 for an online Zoom ticket


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Join Tristan Gooley as he discusses the clues and signs in his latest book, How To Read A Tree, a Sunday Times bestseller

Do two trees ever appear identical? No, but why? Every small difference is a clue. Each tree we meet is filled with signs that reveal secrets about the life of that tree and the landscape we stand in. The clues are easy to spot when you know what to look for, but remain invisible to most people. In How to Read a Tree, you’ll discover the simple principles that explain the shapes and patterns you can see in trees and what they mean. And you’ll learn rare skills that can be applied every time you pass a tree, whether you are in a town or a wilder spot.

As the author of the international bestsellers The Walker’s Guide and How to Read Water, Tristan Gooley knows how to uncover the phenomena worth looking for. He has been instructing people in the art of reading trees for two decades and this book includes signs that will not be found in any other book in the world. Once you have learned to see these things it is impossible to unsee them. We will never look at a tree the same way again.

Tristan Gooley is an author and natural navigator. He is the author of award-winning and internationally bestselling books, including The Natural Navigator, The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs, How to Read Water, The Secret World of Weather, and How to Read a Tree, some of the world’s only books covering natural navigation.

He has spent decades hunting for clues and signs in nature, across the globe, and has been nicknamed “The Sherlock Holmes of Nature”.

How To Read A Tree by Tristan Gooley, as well as his other titles, will be available to purchase at the event in our 16th century barn, known as the Field Studies Centre. A bar serving soft drinks and wine will be available on the evening. You can also watch this talk on Zoom only, please select which option you would like at the checkout.