I have been busy in the last few months photographing and speaking to people who live, work, study and visit Epping Forest. Read on to find out about some of the interesting people I have met along the way.
Over October half term I accompanied a family session run by Kate Sharp of Epping Forest Field Studies Centre. It was a pleasure to see the children enjoying the forest and doing tree related activities, some of the parents joined in too! I got the chance to talk to the parents about their motivations for bringing their children here. Thank you to those families who have allowed me to use their pictures. Here is a link to the full gallery of images on my website.
Mick Collins, a Constable Keeper in Epping Forest, spent the day taking me to many areas of the forest which are managed by the City of London but rarely visited by the public. He nick-named this tree the ‘Beer Belly Oak’.
I particularly liked the remains of an Oak stump that he showed me below which has a 30 year old Silver Birch growing out of it in the Deer Sanctuary! He remembered when it was just a sapling. Gallery will be coming soon on the website.
Meet Loulou & Her Owner
Meet my sister & her fox terrier Loulou. They walk in the forest every day near their home in Loughton. For the last 15 years she has lived in the forest, worked there, has twice daily walks with her dog and is also a volunteer keeper. A fascinating story of a life interwoven in the forest.
Interview with BBC London News!
On the morning of the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter I got an email, and 3 hours later I was filming a piece about my project for BBC London News which was shown just a few hours later. See the short 2 minute film here.
I have loved spending time in the forest this Autumn, everywhere there is beauty, incredible colours, natural patterns and interesting light. I have revisited some of the Beech trees from my July exhibition to see how their colours have changed since the Spring. A gallery will be coming soon…