What is Arborea? A Natural History of the Trees of Henfield (& Guests from Afar) A Community Submission Project
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.
Submissions via all recording media, simple or elaborate, are greatly welcomed. 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... Feel free to submit as many as you'd like!
And if you think your submitted tree may be notable, a veteran or even ancient, why not see whether it has been added to the Woodland Trust's Ancient Tree Inventory? Instructions for ID and submissions and existing listed trees are viewable on a UK-wide map.
Guests From Afar...
Guest entries from trees further abroad are welcomed too and may perhaps flavour your thoughts on some of those more local... 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 Robert Gordon of the Friends of Henfield Museum in 2019. In future, we intend to select our favourite submissions for displays and print. It is intended that proceeds will be donated to the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Henfield Museum.