A celebration of stunning sylvan art

posted on October 22, 2015

Many of our regular readers will be aware that this year we are auctioning a selection of special limited edition prints from The New Sylva. The prints have been selling well and are earning the charity much-needed funds to support its work across Britain.

The New Sylva - Bloomsbury PublishingThis week we are excited to be auctioning perhaps some of the most impressive and iconic images from the book. These include the cedar of Lebanon featured in the frontispiece, and the box woodland at the Chequers Estate (the Prime Minister’s residence) that adorns the cover of The New Sylva. Also newly listed is the stunning image of the unique high altitude oak woodland on Dartmoor, Wistman’s Wood.

Just a few days remain in the online auction for older listed items including that of the dramatic Caledonian pinewood, Black Wood of Rannoch.

Feedback from happy auction winners has been very positive, with many surprised just how detailed the prints are, their size (often larger than reproduced in the book), and their quality.

View the items currently on sale in our charity online auction:


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More stunning tree prints available in online fundraising auction

posted on September 10, 2015
Latest prints from The New Sylva online auction

A selection of the latest prints from The New Sylva online auction


Seven more stunning prints of drawings from The New Sylva have been added to our online fundraising auction. Among them are giant redwoods growing at Benmore Botanic Garden in Scotland, ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ apples, an emerging ash bud, and pear fruit.

These are just a small selection of eighty special edition prints from the award-winning book The New Sylva that are being auctioned during 2015 to raise money for charity. Each print has been signed by our former artist-in-residence Sarah Simblet, and accompanied by an attractive Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva. Both are embossed with a unique identifying seal.

Read more about the auction

eBay for Charity

Sylva Foundation ebay for charity page


Some recent feedback from winning bidders

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Auction of Special Edition Prints from The New Sylva – now live

posted on July 2, 2015

The drawings in the award-winning book The New Sylva were created by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet while she was artist-in-residence for the Sylva Foundation. Now a selection of 80 special edition prints are being auctioned to raise money for our charitable activities.

The Auction

Sylva Foundation auction page on eBay for Charity

Sylva Foundation auction page on eBay for Charity

The 80 prints will be listed on eBay under special conditions that support charities; meaning 100% of sales proceeds come to the charity. Given the high number of items, they will be listed in batches of approximately ten items over eight weeks. The auction will run through July, August and early September.

We have a created a page on our website which shows all 80 prints that will be listed in the auction:

If you see a particular print that may wish to bid on, but which is not listed yet, you can subscribe to receive notice of new items on our auction page on eBay:


The first ten prints for sale in our Online Auction. Each week we will list a new suite of ten prints.

The first ten prints for sale in our Online Auction. Each week we will list a new suite of ten prints.

About the Special Edition Prints

Artist Sarah Simblet rarely sells her work as prints. This represents a unique investment and a special opportunity for fans of her stunning drawings. Each print will be signed by Sarah Simblet, and accompanied by an attractive Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva.

  • Printing has been calibrated by the artist to ensure the finest quality reproduction.
  • Each print will be signed by the artist Sarah Simblet.
  • Each print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva.
  • A unique embossing seal is applied on both the print and certificate, the latter including a red foil backing. The seal celebrates the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva of 1664. It reads: The New Sylva // 1664~2014 // Special Edition Print.
  • Only one copy of each print will be sold with its accompanying certificate of authenticity, which includes the drawing title and page number from The New Sylva.

Technical information:

  • The giclee prints have been produced by a specialist fine art printmaker on 330 gsm Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton paper with light-fast inks. There are no optical brighteners employed in the production of this paper, giving longevity and crisp image stability and detail, and it is typically used for gallery and museum-quality prints.
  • The Certificate of Authenticity adopts the same font and colours used in text of The New Sylva book. It measures A4 in size, and has been produced by the same professional printmaker.
  • The 80 prints range in size. The size of this specific listing is provided at the top of the description.
  • The print and certificate will be supplied unmounted and rolled in a large diameter tube, allowing the winning bidder to mount and frame to suit the final placement of the artwork.

Visit the auction page on the Sylva Foundation website


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Westonbirt Arboretum supports The New Sylva

posted on June 6, 2013

The authors of The New Sylva have been searching for a few elusive botanical specimens to illustrate for the book. Last week they visited one of the best locations for any tree hunter: Britain’s national arboretum at Westonbirt, in Gloucestershire, which features some 2,500 different tree species.

They required samples from a number of conifer species that, within a single branch, had to feature foliage (needles) together with this season’s young cones and mature cones produced the previous year. The best specimens are found on mature trees and so are often far beyond reach. With help from Forestry Commission staff a 5m telescopic pruning pole was used for some sampling, whilst for material higher up, the tree had to be climbed and the samples gently lowered to the ground.

Norway Spruce climbing at Westonbirt Arboretum

Norway Spruce climbing at Westonbirt Arboretum for The New Sylva, directed by Sylva’s Artist-in-Residence Sarah Simblet

Since the visit, our Artist-in-Residence Sarah Simblet has started work on drawing the specimens, including some foliage and cones of Norway spruce collected from high up a large tree.

Norway spruce drawings in progress by Sarah Simblet

Norway spruce drawings in progress by Sarah Simblet

Sylva is planning to collaborate with Westonbirt Arboretum during 2014 to promote the importance of our wood culture: more information will be provided on this soon.

For the latest news about the making of The New Sylva, to be published by Bloomsbury in April 2014, visit the author’s blog:


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Authors seek help in finding a venerable ash tree

posted on December 19, 2012

Reblogged from The New Sylva


The authors of The New Sylva are searching for the finest example of a common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) tree to feature in the book. They hope that our readers can help by submitting their favourite ash trees – one of which will be selected and appear in the book frontispiece.

Following the outbreak of ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea), the chapter on Ash in The New Sylva has been rewritten (see post). Reflecting on the likely impact of the pathogen on ash trees in Britain, the authors are keen to feature a majestic British ash tree in one of the most prominent positions in the book; the frontispiece. There are many known venerable and notable ash trees in the country, and surely many more lesser-known trees.

Can you propose a candidate ash tree? It could be especially grand or noble, simply have a beautiful and graceful form, have its own fascinating history, or be very ancient. It may be just your favourite ash tree.

The tree selected will be visited by the authors some time in the next three months. It will feature as a full page drawing made by Sylva’s Artist-in-Residence Sarah Simblet.

Full acknowledgement of any assistance will be provided in The New Sylva.

Read more about The New Sylva
on the author’s blog at

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A Scottish drawing expedition gets underway

posted on December 7, 2012

Sylva’s Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Simblet, has been in the Scottish Highlands with Gabriel Hemery this week.

The co-authors of The New Sylva are completing the latest phase of work for the book to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014, sponsored by the Sylva Foundation.

So far during their Scottish drawing expedition they have visited some Caledonian Pinewood, to research and draw Scots pine, and a stand of birch next to a loch. Later this week they are going in search of some of the tallest trees in Britain, and an amazing natural forest ecosystem on the West coast of Scotland.

You can read more about the author’s exploits on their blog, which features the making of The New Sylva, at

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The New Sylva first editorial meeting

posted on May 1, 2012

Although it is two years until The New Sylva will be published by Bloomsbury, supported by the Sylva Foundation, planning is now well underway. Authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Sylva’s Artist in Residence)  met recently with Bloomsbury editors, Richard Atkinson and Natalie Hunt. Book length has now been decided (over 400 pages), the timetable agreed, and discussions on paper weight and type, fonts and other important issues are underway.

Read more about this important meeting on the authors’ The New Sylva blog and keep up to date with their progress on Twitter @newsylva.


Authors & Editors March 2012

Authors (Gabriel Hemery & Sarah Simblet) with Editors from Bloomsbury (Natalie Hunt & Richard Atkinson) next to a 900 year old oak tree

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Help wanted by our Artist in Residence

posted on March 8, 2012

The authors of The New Sylva are looking for a good example of a forest-grown wild cherry tree for illustration by our Artist in Residence Sarah Simblet.

Visit The New Sylva website to find out more.

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First drawing by Artist in Residence

posted on January 27, 2012

Sarah Simblet, Sylva’s Artist in Residence, has completed her first drawing. It will be featured in The New Sylva book to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

She talks about the work on the author’s dedicated book blog at

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Artist in Residence- Sarah Simblet

posted on January 5, 2012
Sarah Simblet

Sarah Simblet - Sylva Foundation's Artist in Residence 2012-13

Dr Sarah Simblet has been appointed Sylva’s first Artist in Residence. During her two year residency Sarah will be producing a unique catalogue of drawings celebrating our forests and trees. These will be featured in a major new tree book to be published in 2014, supported by the Sylva Foundation. Sarah will co-author the book with our Chief Executive Dr Gabriel Hemery.

The New Sylva  aims to be a seminal book about trees and forestry for the 21st Century. The book will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014 to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s original Sylva published by the Royal Society in 1664. The New Sylva will bring the essence of John Evelyn’s most celebrated work to a new readership. It will integrate sensitively parts of his original, visionary and very beautiful prose, with a much-needed contemporary review.

Dr Sarah Simblet is a trained fine artist who specialises in drawing; exhibiting her work through her publications. She has written and illustrated three major art reference books published worldwide by Dorling Kindersley. Her most recent book Botany for the Artist, published by Dorling Kindersley in 2010, includes English language editions for UK, US, Canada, and Australia; and has been translated into Dutch and German. She first came to collaborate with the Sylva Foundation through our OneOak project, for which produced two stunning drawings including one of the OneOak tree, which has become iconic.

The New Sylva book website


The authors have established a dedicated website for the book project at Visit the website to read more about the book’s concept, its authors, and for latest news on progress.

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