Next door to me in the church yard of st Mary's stands this amazing ancient yew tree. It is 2,ooo and more years old. The church is built on a burial mound and this tree is probably part of the spiritual heritage of this place. I have always loved this tree and it being hollow I have stood inside it many a time.
It is lovely that I get to see my old friend the yew every day now that I have set up Jack-In-the-Green here. One of the reasons for calling my shop and studio Jack-In-the-Green is because I love trees. It's aim is to help people to 'Live With Art & Soul'. To buy beautiful ethical sustainably sourced home & gift ware and to teach people new skills so they can celebrate being creative make things of beauty and be happy. It is about celebrating this world that we live in and about treading lightly upon it taking care of it and ourselves.
I have just set up a facebook group called Ancient and Sacred Trees Of Britain. It's an open group so get in touch if you would like to join. I am a supporter of The Forest Of Dreams, Charity Number: 1102410 and I donate 5% from British artwork sold to raise funds. It is a "charity set up to purchase, manage and preserve in perpetuity, a beautiful area of land suited to being left wild as a place of sanctuary. "
We all need sanctuary from time to time, from the hustle and bustle of life and where better than out in nature under the boughs of a tree? x