The Memory of Trees

The future of eucalypts and our home among them


A call to turn our attention to the trees and landscapes that surround and sustain us, wherever we live, and an invitation to join in the care of them so that, together, we can ensure their future.


ISBN: 9781760762360 Category:

Viki Cramer


Most Australians see their world through eucalypts. From towering forests to straggly woodlands, in city parks, by the coast and in the bush, these are the trees that inhabit our familiar landscapes and national psyche. Yet the resilience of our eucalypt ecosystems is being tested by logging and land clearing, disease and drought, fire and climate change. In many places they are a faded remnant of those known by past generations. How important is the memory of these trees?

In search of answers, Viki Cramer takes us on a journey through the richest botanical corner of the continent, exploring forests of rugged jarrah and majestic karri, woodlands of enduring salmon gum and burnished-bark gimlet. Spending time with the people caring for these precious places, she interrogates the decisions of the past, takes a measure of the present and glimpses hope for the landscapes of tomorrow.

The Memory of Trees will make you look anew at the trees and environments that sustain us and show the many ways that, together, we can ensure their future.

Additional information

Weight 372 g
Dimensions 15.3 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 27 June 2023
Number of pages 304
Format Other book format
Dimensions 15.3 x 23.3 cm
Weight 372 g


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Viki Cramer (PhD) is a writer and ecologist who lives on Noongar Country in Western Australia, home to some of the most extraordinary and diverse plant life on the planet. In 2021, Viki was awarded a prestigious Dahl Fellowship from Eucalypt Australia. Her science writing has appeared in Ensia, Scientific American, Bush Heritage Australia's Bush Tracks and CSIRO's ECOS, and her first non-fiction story 'No change coming' was featured in the 2016 Radio National Earshot documentary Hot Summer Land. Viki's writing explores nature, conservation, people and place, and how the needs of both the human and more-than-human world can be met in the landscapes we share.