treefold:centre was built in summer 2017 as part of the sculpture collection at Grizedale Forest. It is one of three treefolds in Cumbria that have been created by artists Harriet and Rob Fraser as a legacy of The Long View and a marker of the UK Tree Charter. Each treefold is built using traditional dry stone walling techniques and has been carved with words from a poem composed to spread across the landscape, with one line at each of the three treefolds. (more information about the treefolds here)
The treefolds have been designed to embrace trees, and the first tree will be planted here inside treefold:centre, thus completing the sculpture. To mark the occasion we are kickstarting the planting of a new extension of forest around the treefold with this public event - time to get stuck in and make your mark by planting a tree. Tools, instructions and inspiration will be provided. Rob and Harriet will talk about the creation of the treefolds, The Long View, and how the landscape inspires their work, and Forestry Commission rangers will talk about the different tree species in the forest and day-to-day forest life, and will be on hand to answer your questions.
Booking is highly advisable as numbers are limited. We can accommodate ten planting groups, as we have ten sets of equipment: if you'd like to come as a family, please book as 1. If you do not book ahead we may be able to accommodate you but cannot guarantee this
Meet at the Visitor Centre reception at 10am to walk to the treefold, end approx 12.30pm to walk back to the Visitor Centre. The end time is flexible: we may stay slightly longer, or not quite as long, depending on the weather!
What to bring
Please dress appropriately, with sufficient layers, waterproof clothing and a hat. Remember, it may become wet and cold even if it's dry when you arrive!
Please wear suitable footwear: waterproof and sturdy.
You will need gloves. We have a few pairs you can borrow if you don't have your own. Gardening gloves will do the trick (not woolly gloves).
Please bring a drink with you. If you want to stay for both sessions you may buy lunch in the cafe in the Visitor Centre, or bring a pack lunch and stay out in the forest.
Who is this event for?
Anyone who is age 8 or over is welcome to come along. Families are welcome.
Please note that the site is a strenuous 20-30 uphill minute walk from the visitor centre (downhill all the way back!). If you are unable to tackle this walk but would like to join us, we have facilities to provide a lift for up to three people but please note that the site is difficult for people with limited mobility. Please get in touch (details below) if you need assistance.