Spending Time With My Favourite Ash Tree

I drive past a particular Ash Tree on the way to my son’s school. It’s part of a hedge that runs along a single track road, near where we live in the Pewsey Vale, so not the easiest place to stop. I’ve cycled past before and admired it, but never stopped to poke my headContinue reading “Spending Time With My Favourite Ash Tree”

Exploring Together at Portway Junior School

At Portway Juniors they have their own small woodland, planted with the Andover Trees United Director, Wendy Davis, and a woodland trail that runs through it, along the edge of the school field. The wood is fairly young and consists of a mix of native species. Today’s group of children were a Year 3 class,Continue reading “Exploring Together at Portway Junior School”

A Frosty Start with Appleshaw St Peters

The mist stayed with us throughout the morning at Appleshaw St Peter’s Primary School. With a similar range of materials and the same introduction as the other four schools, its really interesting for Becky and I to see how the children respond. Appleshaw has lovely wooded grounds with quite a few Ash Trees, as wellContinue reading “A Frosty Start with Appleshaw St Peters”

Taking Art Outside with Andover C of E Primary School

This morning was Becky and my first session of the project with Andover Church of England Primary School, a town centre school with whom Andover Trees United has worked a number of times before, carrying out tree planting and other activities. For Ash Tree Stream we are working with Class 3 and their teacher CharlotteContinue reading “Taking Art Outside with Andover C of E Primary School”

Starting Out at Vernham Dean

This morning was the first Ash Tree Stream session at Vernham Dean Gillum’s Primary School at Vernham Dean, a village about 9 miles north of Andover. The content of this first session was similar to that at Harrow Way last week. I want to offer the schools the same general starting point and then theContinue reading “Starting Out at Vernham Dean”

Day One at Harrow Way Community School

“Do you know what I’m going to do when I get home? I’m walking my dog and doing this – I’ll let my dog walk on my page and make footprints!” Today we ran the first session of this year-long project, with Year 8 children from Harrow Way Community School, introducing them to ways ofContinue reading “Day One at Harrow Way Community School”

Introducing Ash Tree Stream

Ash Tree Stream is a one-year visual arts project, led by artist James Aldridge, in partnership with Andover Trees United, CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) and five schools in the Andover area: Andover Church of England Primary School Appleshaw St Peters Primary School Harrow Way Community School (Secondary) Portway Junior School Vernham Dean Gillum’s Church ofContinue reading “Introducing Ash Tree Stream”