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Thanks to a £45,000 grant from Greenarc, our earth-formation artwork at Theydon Bois wood, Essex, has been created.
The 130 metre long and three metre high earthwork is clearly visible from the M11 motorway.
Funding for the project was secured through a grant from Greenarc, which set money aside to directly support arts projects across the UK and was facilitated by Commissions East who also helped us to shortlist and choose the artists.
We invited artists from across the UK to submit design ideas for the site. It was hard to shortlist from the excellent work we received but ultimately there could be only one. The artist we chose was Richard Harris, who produced the final design that we recreated on the site.
Richard’s artwork was inspired by tree seeds and has been constructed entirely from soil from the site itself, shaped into concentric seed-shaped mounds. You can even walk along the top of the three metre high mounds, which will eventually be planted with bushes and shrubs on the sloping sides.
Back in 2008 we ran consultation activity to make sure that anyone that was interested in the project could have a say. Since then we’ve worked with Essex County Council to secure the necessary planning permission for the project.
Geoff Sinclair, Woodland Trust site manager, said: "This is a project we've been waiting to get started on for several years so we're delighted to finally get things underway. The final result will be striking and provide a real talking point for visitors to the wood."