Heartlands Art Commission. Exploring the Spirit of Place
Works in and of landscape, made by walking. Commissioned by Trust New Art, National Trust, Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Arts Alive, Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme.
2017 – Exploring the Spirit of Place, ongoing
Having accepted the commission in late 2016, 6 extended trips were made to spend time, learn, walk and make preparatory drawings within the available 5,000 acre heathland site of the Shropshire Hills.
By May 2017, Carding Mill Valley had been identified as the preferred location. Within this valley are 500 million year old fossilised raindrops and early bacterial life settling onto an ancient seabed, overlooked by Bodbury Ring (Iron Age Hill Fort), all of which take a circular form. Bracken is an invasive species which on Long Mynd the National Trust control by cutting and spraying. Dense bracken such as this has very little wildlife value. Broken and mixed bracken can be very beneficial to butterflies, plants and reptiles and birds, Eg: Stonechat and Whinchat and Tree Pipit.
For the first of 3 interventions, a dense area of bracken has been cut into, with the help of a team of NT Volunteers.
Interventions 2 and 3 are already identified and will be appearing during the coming year.