Inspiring Conversations: Around the World in 80 Trees

October 5, 2018

Latymerian Jonathan Drori CBE (1979) continued our Inspiring Conversations series with a fascinating talk based on his newly published book, Around the World in 80 Trees.

The author took his audience on an enlightening trip around the world as he depicted how trees interact with their ecosystems and play a role in almost every part of society. Jon was first inspired by nature during a visit to Kew Gardens as a child and has since been a passionate advocate for the environment. He explained how throughout history trees have contributed to the development of major human endeavours, including the launch of international telephone cables thanks to raw materials provided by trees in Malaysia.

The presentation was enhanced by the work of Lucille Clerc, a French illustrator, whose exquisite visualisations added beauty to Jonathan’s exploration of one of humanity’s most varied natural companions.

The evening concluded with an appearance from former School governor and Latymerian John Wotton (1971). John is a trustee of Fauna & Flora International, the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation, and spoke of their pioneering work and specifically their Global Trees Campaign.

All proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales went to the Latymer Foundation’s Inspiring Minds Campaign to fund new bursaries for entry to the Upper School next year.

Around the World in 80 Trees is out now and published by Laurence King. Visit to order your copy.