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The Charter For Trees, Woods And People
The Westways School Plaque
Over 100 artists from Sheffield and nationwide will join residents, artist Dan Llywelyn Hall and STARTS (Street Tree Art Sheffield) alongside all 53 London Plane, Lime, Sycamore and Ash trees along Western Road, which are registered by the Imperial War Museum and the War Memorials Trust as a living war memorial.

The memorial trees were planted in 1919 to honour former pupils of Westways School who did not return from the Great War.

The day will commence at 10am when registered participants will gather information packs with their tree allocation and art materials.

At 10.45am a silent procession made up of ex-service personnel, Westways pupils, residents and the general public alongside participating artists will walk along Western Road to meet at the school gates and the site of the plaque (image below) where 2 minutes silence will be observed and wreaths laid.

Throughout the day, artists will be based at every single tree along the pavement of Western Road and will paint and draw their tree and it's distinct individual characteristics.

The entire series will be photographed and archived for posterity. A selection of the finished pieces will be included in a large exhibition encompassing art inspired by trees throughout the whole of Sheffield.

Dan Llywelyn Hall said:

"Next year will see the centenary of the end of WW1. I believe it is important to keep alive the memory of those who fought and died.

"A mature living, recognised war memorial such as the unique one on Western Road has a nationwide significance that we must fight to keep and maintain."

The War Memorials Trust who are responsible for the upkeep and preservation of memorials said:

"the preservation of the original trees wherever possible as they have a direct link with those who lost family and friends."

"Appropriate maintenance should be undertaken to ensure these [Original trees] are managed within their environment"

The Armistice event will be Followed by an exhibition (part of national Tree Week) of selected tree-art, inspired by trees throughout Sheffield running from 24th November to 3rd December.

Sarah Deakin of STARTS said, " We have had a lot of interest in the event. People who haven't painted since childhood are picking up their paint brushes to record Sheffield's tree heritage alongside seasoned painters and professional artists."

"We are pleased that, following last year's tribute, Rob and Dan have initiated an event to raise awareness of the war memorial and it's future."

"We are delighted to have the support of the Woodland Trust in the forthcoming exhibition" .

Exhibition details

Yellow Arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Rd, Sheffield S3 8BX

Friday 24th November - 11am to 5pm Saturday 25th - 12 noon to 6pm
Sunday 26th - 12 noon to 9pm Monday 27th - 11am to 5pm
Tuesday 28th - 11am to 5pm Wednesday 29th - 11am to 9pm
Thursday 30th - 11am to 5pm Friday 1st December - 11am to 5pm
Saturday 2nd December - 12 noon to 6pm Sunday 3rd December - 12 noon to 5pm close

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People

800 years after the Charter for the Forest the Woodland Trust has brought together over 70 organisations in a "Charter for Trees, Woods and People", that will redefine the relationship between trees and people in the UK for the future.

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People will launch on 6 November 2017.

You can sign the Charter here

The Charter For Trees, Woods And People, 2nd November 2017, 9:06 AM