The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Eighteenth century English forestry

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688. During the eighteenth century, especially in the latter part, planting proceeded rapidly. The Society of Arts, &c., established in 1753, has greatly, contributed, by its honorary and pecuniary rewards, to restore the spirit for planting. The republication of Evelyn's Sylva, in a splendid manner, by Dr. Hunter, and subsequently of different works by Kennedy, Young, Watson Bishop of Llandaff, Marshall, Pontey, and others, has doubtless contributed to that desirable end; and the result is, that many thousand acres of waste lands have been planted with timber trees, independently of demesne-plantations, and such as have been made for shelter or effect.