What is Arborea? A Natural History of the Trees of Henfield - and Guests from Afar
Arborea is a wander through some of the most characterful trees of Henfield. in 'isolation' or interwoven with us, the observer. With some 'guests from afar' too, it aims to inspire individuals, community groups and schools to experience and share the trees around them - and to encourage those who may not have thought of our environment in this way before to take a second, longer, and deeper look.
Our natural history and living natural heritage is rich and infinitely varied. By channelling a variety of interpretations of nature, we hope to encourage greater appreciation and contemplation of our place within the interconnected, but threatened world around us.
Local Submissions Click below to view
Guests from Afar Click below to view
If you would like to submit your impressions of a local tree, here are a few possibilities. Try to capture your tree at its best!
- Photos - Drawings/Paintings - Field audio recordings - Song - Poetry/spoken word - Prose - Memories
Or a mixture of the above...
Guests From Afar...
Guest entries from trees further abroad are being collected too for future inclusion, so whether you're in the next county or country - please send us impressions of characterful local trees to complement and offer contrast to our local Henfield selection.
The project was started by the Friends Chairman Robert Gordon in 2019. In future we intend to select our favourite submissions for a greeting card set, prints and perhaps a book. It is intended that proceeds will be donated to the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Henfield Museum (who lead this project).
Skywards, north of Rye Farm
A multitude of boughs, Grinstead Lane
Dappled morning, Dagbrook
Tunnel to the sky, near St. Peter's
Last year's spring, Grinstead Lane
Evergreen canopy, north of Henfield Common
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