The New Sylva features in a Christmas card

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Tree and forestry charity, the Sylva Foundation (sponsor of The New Sylva), has produced a beautiful card in time for Christmas.

The front image was photographed by author Gabriel Hemery, and features artist and co-author Sarah Simblet walking in the Caledonian pinewood at Black Wood, when both authors undertook a drawing expedition there this time last year to feature the majestic Scots pines. The back of the card provides an insight into the history and importance of ancient pinewoods.

The card is available to purchase online from the Sylva Foundation’s shop. All proceeds go to their charitable work: reviving Britain’s wood culture.

Authors to speak at Oxford event – 30th November

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Authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will both be speaking about The New Sylva at an event to be held in Oxford on 30th November.

The one day course, hosted the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, is being co-organised by forestry charity The Sylva Foundation. The day course is open for anyone with an interest in trees and woodlands.

England’s woodlands have provided for our needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood, however in recent decades their care and management has declined. Additionally our woodlands are now facing unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases. Some have heralded 2013 as a turning point for the fortunes of English Woodlands. Hear and discuss how a revival of a ‘wood culture’ in England may lead to sustainable woodlands and greater quality of home-grown timber products.

Gabriel Hemery will talk about the work of John Evelyn in the 17th Century and the writing of The New Sylva to be published in 2014. A later session by co-author and artist Sarah Simblet, from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, will follow the making of 200 botanical, tree and forestscape drawings made especially for the book. They will be joined by TV presenter and journalist Robert Penn who will talk of his latest project honouring the ash tree in Britain. Nick Brown from Oxford University will explain the vital role of research carried out in woodlands owned by the university. The Sylva Foundation’s Alistair Yeomans will explain the role of the Good Woods project and how B&Q have injected financial support and enthusiasm into improving the condition of England’s trees and forests.

Book online

Places are limited. For more information about the course and to took book your place, click here.

Artist in Residence at Sylva Foundation

Tree and forestry charity, the Sylva Foundation, has appointed Sarah Simblet as Artist in Residence.

The two year appointment for co-author and artist Sarah Simblet will support the production of the majority of drawings for The New Sylva. The Sylva Foundation will be supporting the book launch in 2014 with a number of activities, and will receive a significant contribution from book sales in support of its charitable work.

Read more about the Artist in Residence at the Sylva Foundation