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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.

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The New Sylva – available from the Sylva Foundation shop

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The New Sylva – a digital sampler

posted on April 10, 2014

To mark the publication of The New Sylva, Bloomsbury Publishing have released a digital sampler of the book.

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Sir Martin Wood celebrates with The New Sylva authors

posted on April 4, 2014
The New Sylva authors and Sir Martin Wood

The New Sylva authors Gabriel Hemery (centre) and Sarah Simblet (right) with Sir Martin Wood (left)

The authors of The New Sylva joined Sir Martin Wood – co-founder and trustee of the Sylva Foundation – to celebrate the imminent publication of the book (April 10th). The authors arranged to meet together, despite a busy schedule setting up exhibitions and outdoor trails (read more), to sign a large number of books to be sold via our online shop.

Sir Martin wrote the introductory note to the book. Here is a short extract:

“I am delighted that the Sylva Foundation has been able to support The New Sylva, which goes beyond a celebration of Evelyn’s legacy. It is a modern-day clarion call for the creation of a new wood culture that may help to ensure a sustainable and enjoyable future for us all.”

Some signed copies are still available – visit the Sylva shop.

 

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Sylva Trail opens at Harcourt Arboretum

posted on April 3, 2014

Harcourt Arboretum is taking part in celebrations occurring in gardens and arboreta throughout the UK and Ireland to mark the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva, and the publication of a contemporary version – The New Sylva.

A large panel from the Sylva Trail at the Harcourt Arboretum

A large panel from the Sylva Trail at the Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum, part of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, is hosting a Sylva Trail from April until the end of November. It guides visitors while informing them about trees and their purpose, and delighting them with selected text and drawings from The New Sylva. Read more.

Twelve individual panels are distributed throughout the beautiful arboretum, which includes many majestic and some rare tree specimens, as well as areas of natural woodland. It is well-known for its show of bluebells towards the end of April.

Setting up the Sylva Trail at Harcourt Arboretum

Setting up the Sylva Trail at Harcourt Arboretum. Left to right: Ben Jones, Arboretum Curator; Rodas Irving of Oxford Oak, designer of trail leaf boards; Guy Horwood, Arboretum Arborist.

 


Silvologist Gabriel Hemery and artist and Sarah Simblet co-authored The New Sylva. It is published by Bloomsbury, and was sponsored by forestry charity the Sylva Foundation (www.sylva.org.uk). Its 400 pages explores the future of our forests along with forty-four detailed tree profiles, brought to life with 200 exquisite drawings that capture the delicacy, strength and beauty of our trees. www.newsylva.com

 


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Signing The New Sylva

posted on April 1, 2014

In advance of us distributing copies of The New Sylva, the authors have been signing copies.

It is not too late to place your order. Remember that we are the only online shop selling copies signed by both authors, and all proceeds go to our charitable work. We will be sending out pre-ordered books by the end of this week – i.e. before the official publication date.   Visit our shop.

 

 

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Publication of The New Sylva imminent

posted on March 28, 2014
The New Sylva presentation at the Oxford Literary Festival

The New Sylva presentation at the Oxford Literary Festival. Sarah Simblet talks with Compeer Martin Kemp

The official publication date of The New Sylva is just over one week away – on April 10th. This week authors Gabriel Hemery Sarah Simblet attended the first of many events during the year; talking at the Oxford Literary Festival.

The New Sylva is now available to pre-order via our online shop and will be dispatched from April 3rd (one week before official publication). We are the only online shop offering copies signed by both authors. All proceeds of these sales will go towards Sylva’s charitable work caring for forests.

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The New Sylva - available to pre-order

The New Sylva – available to pre-order

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First copies of The New Sylva arrive from the publishers

posted on March 7, 2014
The New Sylva book in-hand

The New Sylva book in-hand

 

The New Sylva will be published officially in just over one month’s time (April 10th) but the first finished bound copies have been sent to the authors by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Author Gabriel Hemery has written about the experience of unwrapping the first copy on the book’s blog.

Books are available to pre-order from our online shop, including an option for a copy signed by both authors. These will be dispatched on April 3rd.

 

 

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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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Pre-order The New Sylva today

posted on January 28, 2014

The New Sylva is now available to pre-order in our online shop. We offer a discounted price, the option of a signed copy – plus all proceeds go to our charitable work.


The New Sylva - available to pre-order

The New Sylva – available to pre-order

We are pleased to announce that The New Sylva is now available to pre-order via our online shop.

Readers buying via our website, will not only be able to purchase the book at a very competitive price, but can select to have the book signed by authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (limited availability).

Also, all proceeds of these sales will go towards Sylva’s charitable work caring for forests.

Pre-orders are now being accepted. Books will be dispatched from April 3rd onwards (publication date April 10th 2014).

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