Free Resource: Making Art with Ash Trees

Following on from my last post on Identifying Ash Trees, I’ve put together a free downloadable resource with suggested arts activities to carry out with or in response to your own local Ash trees. As before, please do share your experiences, photos and artworks with us, either on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #AshTreeStreamContinue reading “Free Resource: Making Art with Ash Trees”

Starting Out in Abbotts Ann

Thank you to Maija Liepins who has been the first person to get in contact following the publishing of our Identifying Ash Trees guide. All words and images below are by Maija. If you’d like to share your own experiences of Ash Trees, please download the guide and share any photographs/artwork with us using theContinue reading “Starting Out in Abbotts Ann”

Free Guide: Identifying Ash Trees

With the Covid-19 lockdown and school closures we wanted to support people to get out (on their one walk or cycle ride a day) and start to identify Ash trees growing in their local area. Whether you have an Ash tree in your garden, on your street, or in your local park, we’d love youContinue reading “Free Guide: Identifying Ash Trees”

Walking, Mapping, Tracking

Over the last couple of weeks, Becky and I have worked with Andover C of E and Vernham Dean Gillum Schools for the second time on this project (with Andover C of E it’s my third time overall as I also worked with them to say thank you and goodbye to the One Ash tree).Continue reading “Walking, Mapping, Tracking”

One Ash – Experiencing Connection

One Ash is a project from Andover Trees United, working with the Englefield Estate near Reading. It is from the One Ash project that the idea for Ash Tree Steam first emerged, as I discussed with Wendy Davis (ATU Director) her vision for engaging local schools in using creative ways to learn about Ash Trees,Continue reading “One Ash – Experiencing Connection”

At Charlton Lakes with Harrow Way Community School

Our second session with the Year 8 Art & Photography students from Harrow Way, saw us walking to the nearby Charlton Lakes, and basing ourselves around a group of young Ash trees. Before leaving school we had recapped on the student’s ideas from the previous session, showing them how we had taken these into accountContinue reading “At Charlton Lakes with Harrow Way Community School”

Teacher’s INSET: Art and Outdoor Learning

A couple of weeks ago, all the teachers from the 5 schools, plus Andover Trees United and CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) staff, were invited along to the CAS Chapel in Andover for an INSET (professional development/sharing) afternoon. We wanted to make sure that everyone understood the thinking behind the project, had met the other projectContinue reading “Teacher’s INSET: Art and Outdoor Learning”

Tree Seasons, by Lucy (Year 3)

Each child that is involved in the Ash Tree Stream project across the five schools, has a sketchbook that they are using to record their experiences of Ash Trees and the ecosystems of which they are a part. We use them in project sessions and they are encouraged to take them home and use themContinue reading “Tree Seasons, by Lucy (Year 3)”

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. Ash Tree Stream evolved out of an invitation from ATU Director Wendy Davis, for me to develop a programme of creative learning for theContinue reading “One Ash”

The Ash Tree by Sally Potter

The Ash Tree Gathered on the grass in your mottled, welcomeshade down at the end of the sweltering garden,we toast the newlyweds’ happiness here. Glorious tree!I gaze up at your tiny twigs and bright leaves’ traceryagainst the summer sky. Beneath your cool umbrellaI’ll rock each new-born’s pram, push the swing ever-higheras summers pass, tell theContinue reading “The Ash Tree by Sally Potter”