Enter a forest of imagination this Summer by delving into the Tree Charter Art & Heritage Trail, created by pioneering arts and environment charity Common Ground in partnership with the Woodland Trust.

A unique ‘Tree Trails’ map created by acclaimed illustrator Adam Dant highlights artworks and heritage sites across the British Isles that give an insight into the powerful role that trees have played in our culture throughout history. Copies of this map are available from participating galleries and museums across the UK, and in the Summer issue of LEAF! newspaper sent out to our network of 300+ Charter Branches.

Features on the Tree Trails map range from William Ashford’s 1778 painting Landscape with Carriage and Horses in Ulster Museum Belfast, to Katie Paterson’s 2016 wooden installation Hollow on display at the University of Bristol and the ancient Ankerwycke Yew in Surrey which witnessed the signing of the original Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest. How many can you visit by the time the Tree Charter launches in November?

Download the Tree Trails Map by Adam Dant


Tree Charter Artist Residencies

Of course, trees and woods continue to be a source of inspiration today. Common Ground have curated a programme of eight inspirational art residencies for the Tree Charter. Spanning the whole of the UK and representing a diverse range of art forms, this programme will include workshops and open days throughout the Summer, and culminate in exhibitions, publications and installations that bring to life the Principles of the Tree Charter in the lead up to the launch on 6th November 2017.

Artists featured include arts/architecture collective Assemble, Cornwall-based fine artist Kurt Jackson and Scottish artist Alec Finlay.

Check the map below and our calendar for events and exhibitions near you, and for regular updates on the art residencies visit www.commonground.org.uk/charter-art/


Principle 3 of the Tree Charter:
Celebrating the cultural impact of trees
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