The Ash Looks Back

While the school sessions are postponed and some activities have gone online, I’ve been quietly working away, researching and developing my own artwork ready for the exhibition (now scheduled for October instead of July). The Ash Looks Back is the title I’ve come up with to describe this body of work. I decided when IContinue reading “The Ash Looks Back”

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”

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”

More Favourite Ash Trees

Although the focus of the Ash Tree Stream school sessions is very much on the Ash Trees of the Andover area, I’m enjoying linking my own Andover-based research with learning about the place of the Ash Tree in the wider UK landscape. With the popularity of the earlier ‘Your Favourite Ash Trees’ post, I decidedContinue reading “More Favourite Ash Trees”

Your Favourite Ash Trees

It’s been brilliant to have people responding to Ash Tree Stream posts by sharing their own favourite Ash Trees on Twitter and Facebook, and writing poetry. To start off this evolving post of contributions here is a Haiku written by John Hawkhead on Twitter: die back the old ash turned to ash This latest photographContinue reading “Your Favourite Ash Trees”

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”

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”