A legacy – trees for the future

The creation of a new sculptural work in Grizedale Forest is part of The Long View legacy and a marker for the Charter for Trees, Woods and People – and there’s a chance next week to watch work in progress. Read More

The Long View Exhibition

The Long View exhibition is at Grizedale Forest June 21st – August 31st 2017. Trees, The Lake District, Walking, Photography, Poetry … a celebration of all of these and an invitation to pause and reflect.
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Taking the Long View in the Troutbeck Valley

I’ve just seen a blackcap fly out of the tree, wander around the grass by the trunk, then fly onto a rock in the beck. White belly, dust brown back and wings, and a black cap to top off its white face. A dipper flew by earlier and now a pair of ducks – mallards – has… Read More

Rising Above the White Noise : Blue at the Langstrath Birch

There was nothing but white noise. I was standing in the centre of it, shaking from the adrenalin that surged through me with the fear of slipping as I jumped from one wet rock to another, trying to keep myself steady while holding a 44-metre spread of sixty words that were weighty with water. At… Read More

Oak Coppicing: the trees just keep coming

This is what the Japanese might call forest bathing. I am standing in the centre of a natural quadraphonic sound system with birdsong coming from all directions, and the gentle tumble of a river as their undertone. The air is still and sun is streaming in through the leafless oaks. Oaks in their hundreds. I’m… Read More

Walking the Line of Sight : plans for the next installation

The Under Helm Sycamore stands on a steep slope made all the more precarious to humans by the fact that it is covered in a shifting layer of stone slabs. In some places, stone, earth and moss have worked together to give some stability, but much of the stone is so loose that the ground moves beneath your feet, as if… Read More