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Follow the Sylva trail at Westonbirt this Summer

posted on July 18, 2014
The public enjoying the Sylva trail at Westonbirt National Arboretum

The public enjoying the Sylva Trail at Westonbirt National Arboretum

The Sylva Trail – celebrating the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva and Britain’s wood culture – continues to draw visitors at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt. Extracts from the book, together with illustrations by Sarah Simblet from The New Sylva, feature in twenty panels placed around the arboretum

The trail is open until the end of August, when Sylva Foundation staff are looking forward to taking part in Treefest at the arboretum: 29th-31st August 2014.

Over the Summer kids are encouraged to roam among trees and nature, with five weeks of free activities and crafts, plus admission is free for children from 23 July – 31 August 2014. With 600 acres to explore, a line-up of fantastic summer events, free activity sheets and quizzes and 10 natural play areas to enjoy, there is no better way to spend a Summer’s day.

From 29th to 31st July a special event – Drawn to nature – aims to encourage families to be inspired by trees to create their own masterpieces. There will be a range of activities to try including nature printing, water colour and wood block printing onto fabric. Perhaps someone will be inspired to become the artist for the next edition of Sylva in another generation’s time!


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Take to the trees on the Sylva Trail

posted on June 3, 2014

This summer, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire will be home to an outdoor exhibition marking the publication of an extraordinary new book celebrating trees and woodland culture.

From 1 June to 31 August 2014, the Sylva Trail at Westonbirt will showcase a total of 20 beautiful botanical illustrations and accompanying text from The New Sylva, which was published this year to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s original Sylva book – the first comprehensive study of British trees and the first book ever published by the Royal Society.

The book is a detailed celebration of British trees and woodland, written by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet. Gabriel is a forest scientist and is chief executive of the Sylva Foundation. Sarah is a botanical artist of international renown who teaches at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford.

Staff from Westonbirt Arboretum helped Sarah Simblet source sample material which was used for studies of some of the trees illustrated in the book and have worked with the Sylva Foundation to create the trail.

Ben Oliver, learning and participation manager at Westonbirt Arboretum said:

“We are delighted that Westonbirt will be home to the Sylva Trail this summer. As the National Arboretum, it seems fitting that we should play host to this beautiful outdoor exhibition.”

“The book and the trail are a real celebration of trees and both aim to engage readers and visitors with trees in a new way; something which we are always keen to do here.”

Dr. Gabriel Hemery said:

“Westonbirt Arboretum and its staff played a key role in the production of the book. The Sylva Trail at the arboretum is a fitting tribute to the enduring legacy of John Evelyn, and the perfect venue to celebrate our relationship with trees and forests.”

“The Sylva Foundation has supported the creation of the book and the exhibitions during 2014, as part of its work to revive a wood culture in Britain.”


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The Sylva Trail runs at Westonbirt Arboretum from 1 June to 31 August 2014. Admissions costs £8 for adults and £7 for concessions. Admission for children is £3 until 23 July when free admission for under 18’s begins and runs until 31 August. The arboretum will be open from 9am to 5pm each day.

The New Sylva – author’s blog


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Sylva of success

posted on June 13, 2014
Westonbirt - Magazine of the National Arboretum - Summer2014

Westonbirt – Magazine of the National Arboretum – Summer 2014

Sylva CEO, and author of The New Sylva, Gabriel Hemery has been interviewed for the Westonbirt Magazine.The article coincides with the opening of the Sylva trail at Westonbirt this summer, consisting of 20 boards distributed around Silk Wood and the Old Arboretum. Each board features a drawing made by Sarah Simblet for The New Sylva, plus extracts of text. Read more

We are grateful for permission to reproduce the article here, as published in the Westonbirt Magazine, produced by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. For information see www.fowa.org.uk

Sylva of success - read the full article in the Westonbirt Magazine - download a pdf

Sylva of success – read the full article in the Westonbirt Magazine – click to download a pdf

 


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Celebrating the 350th anniversary of Evelyn’s Sylva

posted on February 28, 2014

During 2014 the Sylva Foundation is supporting a number of activities across the UK to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Evelyn’s Sylva in 1664.

The New Sylva - Bloomsbury Publishing

The New Sylva – Bloomsbury Publishing

Our activities are centred around the publication of The New Sylva book, which the charity has sponsored with the purpose of raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management. Signed copies of the book are now available to pre-order in our online shop – publication date April 10th – all proceeds to the Sylva Foundation.

We are supporting fine art exhibitions at botanic gardens and woodland trails at two arboreta featuring drawings and content of the book.

The authors have listed the events on their book blog – see www.newsylva.com/author-events – featuring these events plus appearances at literary festivals:

Oxford Literary Festival – Wednesday 26th March 2014

Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will be speaking about the creation of The New Sylva. For more information and to book visit the Oxford Literary Festival website.

Harcourt Arboretum – April 1st to November 31st 2014

An outdoor trail around the arboretum featuring selected drawings from The New Sylva, together with information panels. The trail will be open for most of 2014. The authors will be visiting the arboretum personally for specific events – details to follow soon. See www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – 17th April to 31st May 2014

A major exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and behind the scenes stories of the making of The New Sylva. See www.rbge.org.uk

National Botanic Garden of Wales – 17th April to 31st May 2014

A major exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and the behind the scenes stories of the making of the book. See www.gardenofwales.org.uk

Benmore Botanic Garden – dates to be confirmed

An exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and the behind the scenes stories of the making of the book. See www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/benmore

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin – dates to be confirmed

An exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and the behind the scenes stories of the making of the book. See www.botanicgardens.ie

Chalke Valley History Festival – 28th June 2014

Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will be talking about the creation of The New Sylva at the literary festival at this fabulous outdoor event. See www.cvhf.org.uk

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum – June 1st to August 31st 2014

An outdoor trail around the arboretum featuring selected drawings from The New Sylva, together with information panels. The trail will be open for three months. The authors will be visiting the arboretum personally for specific events – details to follow soon. See www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt


Additional events will be listed on the author’s blog when confirmed –  www.newsylva.com/author-events

 


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