A journey into the forest. William Fiennes on the ash, Tracy Chevalier on the birch, Blake Morrison on the chestnut, Ali Smith on the Scots pine. Plus Philip Hensher, Kate Mosse, Maggie O'Farrell, Tahmima Anam and Susan Elderkin.
'This is a classic squatters’ landscape, and all the better for it. I always feel immediately at home in such makeshift places. Even the little palings have a Dickensian sort of attraction.'
'Walnut Tree Farm, the house he eventually completed, and in which he died in August, 2006, is made largely of wood. It is as close to a living thing as a building can be.'
'For indigenous people everywhere, nature is an enlargement of your mind and your sense of kin – your social mind. Trees have long been associated with knowledge.'