A Guide to the Copses, Woods, and Forests of Britain
The Forest Guide



The Forest Guide is a project of author Gabriel Hemery who is working on a series of guidebooks featuring the woodlands of Britain, from the largest forest to smallest copse. The idea is to celebrate their beauty, purpose, history, current nature, and ownership. Ultimately the author aims to reconnect society with the natural world. The first of the guides will be published by Bloomsbury Wildlife in 2023.

The copsewoodforest.com website has been created to enable people to contribute to the project, whether landowners or members of the public. The author is looking for financial support to cover the costs of the research and the running of this website – find out how to become a Supporter or Book Patron. The website also allows the author to provide regular updates and as the project develops, the content will be developed further and should become more dynamic and informative. You can also keep up to date with the latest developments on Twitter at @copsewoodforest

About the Author

Dr Gabriel Hemery is an author, tree photographer, and silvologist (forest scientist). He has written three books, both fiction and non-fiction, and appears regularly on TV and radio talking about trees and the environment. He co-founded an environmental and forestry charity, the Sylva Foundation, and is currently its Chief Executive.

Gabriel’s first and award-winning book, The New Sylva, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014, celebrating and updating John Evelyn’s 1664 Sylva. His biographical novel Green Gold (2019) follows the real and imagined exploits of a Victorian plant hunter. He has also released a collection of environmental tales in two volumes: Tall Trees Short Stories Vol.20 and Vol.21.

For more information visit www.gabrielhemery.com


For the latest news and updates on The Forest Guide project, see News.


If you would like to contact the author, use this form. If you would like to register details for a forest entry – register here.


The author is grateful to all individual contributors, and will acknowledge every single one in the guidebooks (unless they choose to remain anonymous).

Many organisations have provided information and support. Please note that none of these will ever share personal data with the author.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
Botanical Society of Scotland
Community Woodlands Association
Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor)
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Forest of Avon Trust
Llais Y Goedwig
The National Forest
Network Rail
Royal Forestry Society
Royal Scottish Forestry Society
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Small Woodland Owners’ Group (SWOG)
Small Woods
Somerset Wildlife Trust
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Woodland Heritage
Woodland Trust
With thanks to all these organisations for their support of The Forest Book project