Quentin Hovasse walks through his 15-hectare property near Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, in central France. The forester had recently bought a small parcel of woodland. “I’m using the firs and the oaks to renovate my 19th-century house and barns,” he explains, as he checks the crowns of his trees. It seems this professional arborist knows all of them by heart. “I examine their structure and select those for specific purposes: carpentry, woodworking… and the rest goes into the stove to heat the house.”

As we reach the end of his plot, a large empty field appears. Not long ago this was covered in ...


There are approximately 1098 more words in this article.

To read the rest of this article, please buy this issue, or join the Resurgence Trust. As a member you will receive access to the complete archive of magazines from May 1966.

Buy Issue Join Us

If you are already a member, please Sign in