|Paris quadrifolia - an iconic woodland plant
Image: K. Walker
Prof Rackham was outspoken in his support of our woodlands, often ruffling feathers, as when he commented that mass tree-planting schemes were "not conservation, but an admission that conservation has failed." He also added his voice to discussions last winter about plans for biodiversity offsetting and ancient woodlands, and his book Ancient Woodland is considered a classic.
Prof Rackham will be greatly missed, and BSBI would like to extend its sympathies to his friends, colleagues and family.