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Talking trees and forests with BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz

posted on October 27, 2014
BBC Radio Oxford

Gabriel Hemery on BBC Radio Oxford

On Sunday our Chief Executive Gabriel Hemery was interviewed by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz on BBC Radio Oxford. He talked about forests and the work of the Sylva Foundation, and The New Sylva book which was released in the US last week.

“It’s terrific to have a wood evangelist on the show!” Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor

You can listen to the programme on the BBC website for one week only (fast forward to 1:08)


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Christmas special deal from our shop

posted on October 15, 2014
Christmas special deal - signed copy of The New Sylva and free pack of cards

Christmas special deal

Until the end of November we are offering a free pack of five cards with every signed copy of The New Sylva ordered from our online shop.

All book orders placed between now and the end of November will qualify for a free pack of five greeting cards featuring the stunning Caledonian pinewood at the Black Wood of Rannoch. The wintery scene is especially suited for Christmas, while the card is blank inside making it usable all year round.

The card will have special resonance for fans of the book. The figure in the photograph featured on the card is artist Sarah Simblet, and the image taken by Gabriel Hemery while the pair visited the forest while working on the book. Sarah’s resulting treescape featuring a ‘granny’ pine and surrounding forest fills a double page spread on pages 68-69.

We are the only retailer offering copies of The New Sylva signed by both authors, Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet. All sales proceeds go to our charitable work. Supplies are limited so please order early to avoid disappointment.

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Offer details: The offer closes on November 30th. Five cards will be provided for every book ordered.
Offer applies to purchases made only through the Sylva Foundation online shop.
Subject to availability.

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Winner announced of The New Sylva book giveaway

posted on September 24, 2014

Congratulations to Karen Smith from Lanarkshire – winner of our free book giveaway on Facebook.

The New Sylva - on sale from the Sylva Foundation

The New Sylva – on sale from the Sylva Foundation

Karen wins a signed copy of The New Sylva by Gabriel Hemery & Sarah Simblet, Bloomsbury Publishing 2014.  If you weren’t lucky on this occasion, do look out for future competitions on our website and Facebook pages.

The Sylva Foundation is the only routine provider of copies of The New Sylva that are signed by both authors. All proceeds from sales go to our charitable work. Why not place your Christmas order early or treat yourself!

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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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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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The New Sylva reviewed by Tony Kirkham

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The New Sylva - Bloomsbury Publishing

The New Sylva – Bloomsbury Publishing

Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has reviewed The New Sylva for Confor’s Timber & Forestry News (June issue).

“This amazing work is a celebration of John Evelyn and is not just a pretty book, but a reference work captured and packed with useful information by Gabriel Hemery that will be used by many horticulturists and arboriculturists.”

“The text is very easy to read and makes compulsive reading, but one of the highlights which will make sure that this book is left on the coffee table and not placed on the bookshelf is the two-hundred beautiful line drawings that are meticulously and accurately drawn by Sarah Simblet, illustrating this wonderful work and capturing the essence of our truly magical woodlands and arboreta.”


The Sylva Foundation is the only online retailer offering copies signed by both authors. All sale proceeds go towards our charitable work.

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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.”


Further information

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.

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Sylva exhibition at RBGE

posted on May 12, 2014
Sylva exhibition at RBGE

Sylva exhibition at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Sylva Exhibition at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) continues to delight visitors. Featuring 35 original drawings by Sarah Simblet from The New Sylva book, plus the favourite tree books of many well-known people, the exhibition has been attracting excellent feedback. A portfolio of images has been uploaded by RBGE – click here to view

The exhibition remains open until June 15th. Read more about the exhibition at RBGE

If you have seen the exhibition we would love to hear from you – add a comment on our Love Trees Love Wood facebook page.


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Sylva exhibitions open in Scotland and Wales

posted on April 17, 2014

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s landmark work, Sylva, two major exhibitions open today featuring drawings of British trees and woodland, made by our artist-in-residence Sarah Simblet.

The two fine art exhibitions are open from 17th April until 31st May at:

  • the John Hope Gateway, at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) – read more
  • the Gallery, at National Botanic Garden of Wales – read more

Thirty five pen and ink drawings from The New Sylva, selected from over 200 drawings commissioned to illustrate The New Sylva, a contemporary version of Evelyn’s classic text, are presented in public for the first time. Created from life in woodlands across the British Isles, Sarah Simblet’s drawings feature individual tree portraits and woodland scenes as well as life-sized illustrations of leaves, fruits and flowers. Highly detailed, they are both accurate depictions of the typical growth patterns and shapes of species, as well as sensitive and vivid translations of some of our most treasured landscapes.

Drawings from The New Sylva on display at the John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Drawings from The New Sylva on display at the John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

To further celebrate this historic anniversary, at RBGE 35 prominent people, including authors, artists, horticulturalists and scientists, have been asked to nominate the tree or woodland-inspired book that has most influenced them. The 35 books chosen, which include poetry, novels and children’s books, as well as tree identification guides, forestry texts and planting manuals are exhibited alongside the drawings.

Some of the favourite books on display at RBGE

Some of the chosen tree and forestry books on display at RBGE

A film featuring Sarah Simblet, sponsored by RBGE, has also been released to coincide with the opening of the exhibitions.

 


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Signed copies of The New Sylva available

posted on April 14, 2014

Copies of The New Sylva have been selling fast in our online shop.

We are the only online shop offering copies signed by both authors – plus all proceeds go towards our charitable work caring for forests.

The New Sylva - available to pre-order

The New Sylva – available from the Sylva Foundation shop

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