Banovallum students create their own tree of life

Banovallum pupils involved in the project - Jake Clowes, April Armsby, Kieron Burt, Hollie Longdon, Jordyn Connolly, Chloe Damms, Tsobel Renner
Banovallum pupils involved in the project - Jake Clowes, April Armsby, Kieron Burt, Hollie Longdon, Jordyn Connolly, Chloe Damms, Tsobel Renner
0
Have your say

Students at Banovallum School in Horncastle have been working on an innovative project that will culminate in thousands of trees being planted on the Scrivelsby Estate.

They have teamed up with artist Christopher Wiles, whose work explores relationships with the natural world in an increasingly screen-based digital environment.

He is currently working on the Woodland Project, which will involve a range of schools and community groups across Lincolnshire on an arts workshop programme.

Each participant - including the Banovallum students - produced a drawing that explores their future aspirations and the kind of person they want to grow into.

They will then be given the opportunity to plant one of 2,000 trees on the Scrivelsby Estate, creating a new 2.5 acre woodland.

The project will culminate in an exhibition of Mr Wiles’ work at the Collection, Lincoln in February 2016.

It will include every single piece of work produced during the workshop programme.

The Woodland Project aims to use the visual arts as a vehicle for connecting the community with the Lincolnshire landscape.

Mr Wiles worked closely with Banovallum School on their 2014 Big Draw activity as part of the Woodland Project.

Every pupil - and most of the staff - have contributed to a ‘self-portrait as a tree’, creating a snapshot of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of this generation.

Mr Wiles said: “It has been a delight working within the supportive and nurturing atmosphere of Banovallum School.

“I am so pleased that there is space within the busy curriculum for participation in the visual arts.

“I hope both staff and students alike feel they have benefitted from taking part in the Woodland Project.”

The project has been part funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Mr Wiles has also raised funds to run the Woodland Project through a crowd funding initiative on his website,

*To contribute and be in with the chance to win one of his paintings, further details can be found on his website www.christopherwiles.co.uk