Thomas Pakenham is a historian, tree-lover and tree-planter, who has written prize winning books on subjects ranging from from African history to trees. His lifelong interest in photography is reflected in his best-selling books. His book Meetings with Remarkable Trees (1996) was turned into a BBC2 television series. He has also worked as a journalist and was on the editorial staff of the Times Education Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Observer. He lives at Tullynally Castle in Westmeath, where his family have gardened and re-shaped the landscape for 10 generations.