Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey

160 years after the disappearance of a promising young explorer, the discovery of his missing journals finally reveals the truth behind an extraordinary adventure

In 1850 young Scottish tree-hunter John Jeffrey is dispatched by an elite group of Victorian subscribers to seek highly-prized exotic tree species in North America. An early letter home tells of a 1200 mile transcontinental journey on foot. Later, tantalising botanical samples arrive from British Columbia, Oregon and California, yet early promise soon withers. 

Three years after setting out John Jeffrey disappears without a trace. 

Was he lost to love, violence or the Gold Rush?

The secrets of the extraordinary adventure lie in his precious journals which remained lost, until their discovery, 160 years later...

About the author

Gabriel Hemery is a tree-hunter, forest scientist and published author. In 2009 he co-founded the environmental charity Sylva Foundation. Gabriel played a lead role in halting the disposal of England’s public forests in 2012. His first book The New Sylva was published to wide acclaim in 2014.

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Why We Like It

  • An epic true story
  • A mystery finally uncovered 
  • An expert author

Gabriel Hemery 

Gabriel Hemery is a tree-hunter, forest scientist and published author. He has undertaken an expedition to the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan collecting walnut seeds, and has planted tens of thousands of trees in plantations and experimental trials across Britain. In 2009 he co-founded the environmental charity Sylva Foundation. Gabriel played a lead role in halting the disposal of England’s public forests in 2012. His first book The New Sylva was published to wide acclaim in 2014. He writes a popular tree and forestry blog at www.gabrielhemery.com 

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