The North York Moors and surrounding hills, dales and coast are rich in folklore, legend and tradition. Stories passed down and elaborated over generations in the collective imagination often hold sprinklings of truth and fascinating glimpses into past lives. They offer insights into the thoughts, rituals and fears of our ancestors…
Hear about climate change observations and extreme weather; energy for the future; the future of farming, forestry and the new bioeconomy on our coast; wildlife and nature in the face of climate change; going green, climate action and local initiatives making our communities more sustainable.
Fear of witches and belief in magic was still rife in mid-nineteenth-century village communities of the North York Moors. This investigation strips away witch stereotypes to reveal real people practising witchcraft, their motivations and the roots of their skills and knowledge. It uncovers an unsettling persecution of women branded as ‘witches’ perpetrated by local communities living in fear, and supports re-education to stop witch-hunts happening around the world today.
With contributions from botanists, foresters, conservationists, environmentalists, walkers, land-owners, artists, writers and poets, All About Trees offers vital information to help conserve our trees, and creative reflections on the trees and woodlands around us.