If you follow me on Instagram you may have recently noticed an influx of photos of trees, mushrooms and ponds. I can now excitedly announce that I’ve been invited by City of London Corporation Epping Forest to be their Artist in Residence in 2019 - a whole year let loose in the forest to explore nature, local history and sound.
I’ve always enjoyed research so i’m in my element with all the preperation work. People have shaped Epping Forest throughout the centuries: you can find Iron Age camps, old roads, a Tudor hunting lodge, a grotto, pollarded trees, ponds created by WWII bombs and maybe even Dick Turpin’s hideout!
Although most of my reading is from pdfs, it’s lovely to have books too. Some of the older ones I own belonged to my Great Grandfather, who lived on Smarts Lane in Loughton. I’ll shed some light on my family connections to the history of the forest in another blog.
Over the coming months I will be writing music inspired by the stories and the places I visit in the forest. If you want to follow my progress, please sign up to my newsletter and follow me on Instagram I Facebook I Twitter.
Want to visit Epping Forest? The London Overground connects London Liverpool Street to Epping Forest at Chingford and the Central Line offers access points to the forest from Leytonstone through to Epping.
“It gives me the greatest satisfaction to dedicate this beautiful Forest to the use and enjoyment of my people for all time.” Queen Victoria 6 May 1882