The Arborealists on Exmoor

THE Arborealists, artists whose work focuses on trees and woodlands, have an exhibition at the Lanacre Barn Gallery, at Withypool on Exmoor, continuing to 28th November.

The gallery is in the middle of Exmoor, and the exhibition, with work by more than 60 artists, is supported by talks and information from Exmoor woodland conservation managers. A percentage of the proceeds from sales will support the CareMoor Woods and Trees Appeal, launched earlier this summer to support tree planting and woodland creation in Exmoor National Park.

The appeal has just hit £10,000 with the help of £5,000 match funding from the Exmoor Charitable Trust. Donations are supporting the creation of a major new woodland on national park authority land near Winsford this winter. Named Bye Wood, it forms part of a drive to increase tree cover across Exmoor from 13.5 per cent to at least 17 per cent by 2050 – the amount recommended by the UK government’s independent Climate Change Committee. With a total of 13,000 trees being planted over two years, it will be one of the biggest woodland creation projects to have taken place in the National Park in the past 15 years.

Gallery owner Jo Minoprio, who has lived on Exmoor for 44 years, says: “The Arborealists were formed in 2013, the brain-child of curator and artist Tim Craven. Their works have been shown all over the country, and further afield, but never before on Exmoor.”

Local artist Leo Davey from Minehead supported the National Park by creating an artist’s impression of how Bye Wood will look in 50 years’ time. The original framed artwork will be raffled during the exhibition with all proceeds benefitting the CareMoor campaign. People can also pay to dedicate a tree and send a personalised card of Leo’s work with a certificate, through the online shop and at National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dunster and Dulverton. There will be Exmoor-based Wicked Wolf gin tasting at the gallery on 20th November, with a donation to the appeal for every bottle sold.

Pictured: Badgeworthy, by Philippa Beal. Monterey pine, by Peter Ursem.