Talk

Tree Talks: Trees, Tourism, and the Lakes

19 March 2024
8-9.30pm
Free to all

The first in a series, this Tree Talk explores the relationship(s) between trees, tourism, and biodiversity in the Lake District in the early nineteenth-century.

In his Guide to the Lakes, William Wordsworth famously denounces the larch tree (Larix decidua) as a ‘spiky tree’ that causes ‘injury’ and ‘deformity’ to his Lakeland landscape. The poet took issue with the ‘vegetable manufactory’ of this tree species and questioned both its visual appeal and monetary value for contemporary landowners. Using Wordsworth’s views of this tree—and representations of other tree species across his writings—as a starting point, this Tree Talk will address the relationship(s) between trees, tourism, and biodiversity in the Lake District in the early nineteenth-century. Moreover, it will consider the relevance and inheritance of these interconnected discourses to how we understand trees, their cultural significance, and ecological place within and beyond the Lakes, today.

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Wordsworth Grasmere, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
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