One Ash

The One Ash project is a sister project to Ash Tree Stream, devised and run by Andover Trees United to support children to learn about sustainable forestry practices through direct experience.

One Ash Poster – Artwork by Alex Marshall

Ash Tree Stream evolved out of an invitation from ATU Director Wendy Davis, for me to develop a programme of creative learning for the children involved in One Ash, linking their experiences of a single Ash Tree on the Englefield Estate near Reading, to Ash Trees living and growing in their own local environment.

Photo: Becky McGugan, Andover Trees United

Inspired by The Sylva Foundation’s ‘One Oak’ project, Andover Trees United’s ‘One Ash’ project continues to develop learning in the natural environment by bringing attention to the plight of tree disease and, in particular, ash dieback and nurturing a greater understanding of sustainable forestry management.

Andover Trees United’s volunteers and partner schools will gather at a woodland in Ufton Nervet on the Englefield Estate near Reading on Thursday, February 13th 2020, to learn about how woodlands are managed…The Andover school children who will watch the ash tree being felled first visited and connected to the tree as part of an outdoor learning project in 2019, ‘Meet the Trees’.

The children will be able to follow the journey of the tree as it is worked into new forms from furniture to tool handles to woodchip for smoking River Test trout.’

Andover Trees United Website

I’ve visited the One Ash tree once already, and will be spending more time with it in the next couple of weeks. I’m going to site my Camera Trap near the tree and try to record some of the animals that live within the ecosystem that it supports.

Roe Deer Camera Trap Image – Hawkwood College Residency

I’ll also be working with one of the schools (Andover C of E Primary School) as they visit the tree prior to felling, to help the children make connections between the two projects, and use art to explore their emotional responses to/relationship with the tree.

If you’d like to find out more about the One Ash project, please follow this link to the ATU website.

Published by James Aldridge

Visual Artist and Consultant, working and playing with people and places. Based in Wiltshire, UK

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