Our new exhibition, Ancient & Remarkable Trees of The New Forest, will be running from 5 August – 28 September.
The exhibition, by photographer David Russell, will consist of large format photographs, from a selection of the magnificent trees that can be found deep within the woodlands of The New Forest in Hampshire. These trees are miraculous survivors of centuries of exploitation by our shipbuilding, agricultural and construction activities; they are now under new and increasing threats from climate change, disease and development.
David’s interest in the New Forest is lifelong. He went to school in Southampton, studied photography at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, and spent most of his working life as a professional advertising photographer in and around the New Forest.
The aim of the project is for it to work both as a creative and documentary statement, to increase our appreciation of the woodlands and their importance to us all, to encourage us to see more clearly and look more closely at the trees that we all depend upon and share this beautiful country with.
The project is funded by The New Forest National Park Authority and is dedicated to the memory of Nick Evans, who was their Senior Policy Officer. His enthusiasm and love for the forest inspired David to undertake this very personal project.