READING BETWEEN THE LIMES
Now until 14 December 2018
Local artists respond to the threat of losing 81 trees, including many mature trees from Lime Tree Walk - as part of a controversial town centre redevelopment - by creating work celebrating the beauty and benefits of the threatened trees.
Reading Between The Limes was a fleeting exhibition you may have seen at the Winns Gallery attracting 700 visitors. A lament and a call to arms - it sought to highlight the contradiction between the local Council’s cleaner air ambitions and their willingness to approve such a reduction in green space and the felling of so many mature, beautiful and useful urban trees that do so much to improve the quality of our air, environment and our well-being.
Much of that exhibition comes to the WVWG this month where the artists will share their love, sadness and anger - through their art - with a new audience; encouraging us to feed back to the powers that be - imploring that they reconsider the design so as to minimise such unnecessary, irreparable loss.
Artists taking part: Martin Adams, Anna Alcock, Rebecca Coleman, Danny Coope, Yanire Sylva Delgado, Teresa Elwes, Maureen Gallaccio, Linda Green (also the curator), Adam Laurence, Kally Laurence, Lynda McDonald, Tracey O’Dea, Yvonne Overton, Ali Reader, Alke Schmidt, Kirsten Schmidt, Tom Stallard, Paul Tucker.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Sign the Reading Between The Limes petition on change.org
Follow or Like the Save Our Square group on Facebook for latest news and events. On Twitter follow, tag or contact @SaveSquareE17 @WoodlandTrust @TreesforCities Leader of the Council @CllrCoghill @wfcouncil
LIKE TO BUY A PICTURE?
Works on display:
1 Anna Alcock ‘Developer’s Plans - 100 years ago’ Mixed Media £200 framed
2 Rebecca Coleman ‘Extinguished: Forever’ Wood engraving £70 framed, £40 unframed
3 SOLD Lynda McDonald ‘Fall’ Hand embroidery
4 Danny Coope ‘The Walthamstow Chain Saw Massacre’
5 Paul Tucker ‘What Have We Done To Deserve This?’ 18min film
6 SOLD Kirsten Schmidt ‘Treasure I’ Acrylic, metal leaf on board
& ‘Habitat’ Birds nest and metal.
7 Adam Laurence ‘Don’t take your guns to town’ Triptych comprising ‘The Crow’ £300, ‘The Axe’ £450 & ‘The Plea (Dear Clare)’ £81 All three parts are the first in an edition of 81
8 Yvonne Overton ‘The Last Fall’ Watercolour £120
9a Teresa Elwes ‘Just the muscle memory of walking there’ ONE SOLD and 9b ‘And at the end, only a barcode’ Photograph from sequence of 4 £95 framed, £75 unframed, edition of 5. Whole series of 4 smaller prints in a single frame £250 ed of 10.
10 Capita’s Trees Retention and Removal Plan for the Town Square
11 Ali Reader ‘100:1’ mixed media and collage on canvas £200
12 Anna Alcock ‘The Sun is Silent’ Wood engraving £200 framed
13 Tracey O’Dea ‘Wherever Nature Works There Will Be Beauty’ Colour pencil on paper £480
14 Linda Green ‘Ghosts: 10’s of thousands’ Mixed media on canvas £375
15 Yanire Sylva Delgado ‘Long Live The Trees’ Grog ceramic, hand painted dish £185
16 Kally Laurence photographic print & woolly gloves, 12”x16” photographic print £30 unframed. Gloves may be for sale, please enquire
17 Martin Adams ‘Monument to the greed and stupidity of councillors and developers’ (part of). Cardboard and fairy lights
18 Anna Alcock ‘Under the Lime Trees’ Wood engraving £200 framed
19 Tom Stallard ‘Bee/Leaf’ Ink on paper £100 unframed
20 Alke Schmidt ‘A Tale of Two Visions’ Ink on rice paper.Artist’s proof. One additional copy available to order £575
21a Teresa Elwes ‘Fading memory of Lime Tree Walk’ SOLD OUT & 21b ‘In our mind a few ghostly shapes’ Photographs from sequence of 4 £95 framed, £75 unframed, edition of 5. Whole series of 4 smaller prints in a single frame £250 ed of 10. Also see No 9 a & b
22 Rebecca Coleman ‘Flight of the Refugees’ Wood engraving £100 framed, £70 unframed
23 Ali Reader ‘‘Millions of People’ mixed media and collage on canvas £200
24 Maureen Gallaccio ‘Untitled’ Woodcut with drypoint £75 framed
25 Linda Green ‘Ghosts: 57 species’ Mixed media on canvas £250
FURTHER ESSENTIAL READING
Planning Decision Meeting agenda, minutes, plans, decision documents etc on democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk
View Supporting Documents regarding Redevelopment of The Mall/Town Square approved by Waltham Forest Council Planning Committee 13 Dec 2017 c/o Waltham Forest Consultation Portal
Independent Arboricultural Report (.pdf) by Russell Miller MSc, BA(Econ), ABC Tech Cert, MArborA. He reviews the findings of the survey for the developer by Landmark Trees including The Tree Removal & Retention Plan (pictured below) and in doing so discovers errors into the health, type and age of the trees.
Waltham Forest Council’s TREE STRATEGY 2017-2022 (8MB .doc)
Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers as referenced in the above Tree Stategy (2.8MB .pdf) offering 12 principles of best practice, from The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)
“Through the ongoing care of our trees we aim to ensure that this essential feature of the borough’s identity is protected and enhanced for the benefit of future generations.” Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment June 2017, writing in the Council’s TREE STRATEGY
PREVIOUSLY IN THE NEWS
Campaigners plead with Sadiq Khan and council to save trees destined for the chop. Guardian, 26 March 2018
Children join activists in calling for reverse on plans to chop 80 trees in town square. Guardian, 24 August 2018
Campaigners' last ditch attempt to save town square fails. Guardian, 3 October 2018
'The council doesn't know what makes Stow attractive': Artists campaign to save trees. Guardian, 8 November 2018