Marion Sidebottom

Photographer & Artist, MA, ARPS, RHS Silver Gilt

Photomontage 'Let there be Light...'

Let there be light... Marion Sidebottom, 2018, Giclee Fine Art print, 36.96 x 20.8 inches

I spent the day with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers at Barn Hoppitt. They were haloing (clearing around) a beautiful old crab apple tree which would have eventually died due to being overcrowded and lack of light. I first visited this tree 6 months earlier with the Head of Conservation, Dr Jeremy Dagley. At the time he showed me the fate of other trees nearby which had literally been caged in and died as a result. It was amazing to see such a wide range of people volunteering with this conservation group, using mostly hand tools to free this tree from such a slow and tortuous fate.

Slideshow with soundbites on YouTube