Marion Sidebottom

Photographer & Artist, MA, ARPS, RHS Silver Gilt

Photomontage 'Into the Forest I go'

Into the forest I go… Marion Sidebottom, 2018, Giclee Fine Art print, 36.96 x 20.8 inches

There are many walking groups who meet regularly in the forest. I attended walks run by walk leaders Tricia Moxey and Robert Levene for the Buckhurst Hill Community Association. I spent time talking to the walkers and finding out their motivations for being there. The groups play an important role for local people as it is a way to get to know people and the area and visit more remote parts of the forest. Many people have been part of the same walking group for years and enjoy meeting their friends and doing something active. It is also a way to get closer to nature and observe the changes in the forest during the seasons. Some walkers also regularly collect litter and Robert's pockets were filled by the end of our two-hour walk.

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