Following discussions at the September 2012 Trees Beyond the Wood conference, the project was set up to engage professionals and the public in an exciting proposal. Tree Stories is an interactive initiative to record and collect evidence of 'culturally marked trees' - from estate plaques, to graffiti and carvings in the bark, from present day to as far back as possible, and from worked and working trees to casually marked ones. This has never been done before and we think it provides an opportunity to get members of groups involved; all they need is a digital camera.
The South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group has received an Arts Council grant to carry out an exciting project - Tree Stories - over the coming year. The SYBRG has been given £14,900 to work with artists and local communities to capture a fairly common but misunderstood practice of writing / marking / carving pictures or pressing objects into trees.
Some of these Tree Stories are decades old, for example World War 2 poems or even older; others are more recent with hearts or flowers, peoples' initials or dates. Selected trees have become covered in this 'graffiti' or coins, with people adding their contributions over the years and this can create a symbolic focus for communities. Our project will record individual 'tree stories' digitally, building a website gallery. Using a selection of these, the artists will create new images in a different media, poems and an accompanying soundtrack with the help of volunteers.
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Whilst in many cases marked tress are easily accessible it should be noted that sensible precautions should be taken on unprepared surfaces, especially in bad weather and potentially hazardous walking conditions. Due to where they are situated, access to some of the tree stories may not always be practical for some disable people.
The information and photographs on Treestories-Heritage are examples for illustrative purposes only. It is not intended as a field guide. SYBRG, its employees and associates, anyone connected with this site (including contributors and sponsors) will not accept any liability regarding injury or death, or damage or loss of personal possessions or belongings as a result of viewing this site.
In some instances, examples of tree graffiti are on private property; the appropriate permission to view these should be sought beforehand. SYBRG et al will not be held responsible for any action taken with regards to trespass or any access rights' violations or issues.
There are currently no forthcoming events scheduled
The Tree Stories series of past events, documenting the various activites and major art exhibition associated with the project, are collected together in one convenient place! Whilst we are still adding tree art to the main galleries, there are currently no more planned events for Tree Stories.
As part of the Tree Stories project, we have started to produce a range of attractive items, ideal as gifts - for yourself or others! Competitively-priced, our initial range is featured below. All items can be purchased through the Wildtrack Store on our sister site, UKEconet.
A set of six postcards with artwork by Tansy Lee Moir; all based on carved trees in various locations they come with - on the reverse - poetry by Sally Goldsmith. They are £2.50/set of 6.