Friday, April 29, 2022


Not an actual garden office, more of a viewing platform, but Sylvascope by Sebastian Cox (on show now until July 14 as part of the Harewood Biennial which concentrates on the concept of craft as a radical act) is a beauty of a shedlike atmosphere. Here's what Sebastian says in a statement about the build which is made from the wood of trees cut down on the same site:

"It is a nest-like space where people can watch the transition of woodland during management. We celebrate the felling, and all the brambles and new vegetation that comes with it.

We are planting trees at a rate not seen before in history. The area of woodland in Britain is now back at the level it was in the 14th Century. Despite this, biodiversity within woodlands is declining. How do we save our woodland wildlife? It seems not necessarily by planting more trees - we need to manage our woodland.

We often think a healthy woodland is one that looks pleasing - with tall trees and a welcoming, leaf littered woodland floor, easy to navigate with no brambles or undergrowth. But this kind of woodland is not favourable to most of our woodland wildlife. When we fell some trees in a woodland, and let light in to the woodland floor, other plants, and with them insects, mammals and birds, can thrive. It seems cutting trees can be more useful than just planting them. Only 41% of Britain’s woodlands are managed, so management should be an equal priority to planting.

From our elevated look-out we will help paint a picture of how woodlands need to look over the next few decades in order to save nature within them."


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