I grew up near Epping Forest and it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember – I learned to ride my bike at Connaught Water, went on school trips to Suntrap, and hung out there with my teenage friends. Now it’s a place I go to escape the speed of the city for a few hours and enjoy nature. My work takes a journey through centuries of our incredible local history, from the Iron-Age Loughton Camp, Enclosure, C19th activism and Thomas Willingale (my 5 x Great Uncle!), and WWII bomb craters that are now ponds”.

‘Echoes: Unearthing Stories of the Forest’ will be available in the autumn as an album, and as a public installation at The View visitor centre in Chingford as part of London Borough of Culture project The People’s Forest. (Press Release.)

Many thanks to PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for supporting this project.

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Ellie Wilson is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund