Evolving the Forest publication 2020

Over three days in June 2019 we held an international gathering at Dartington Hall, a coming together of artists, scientists, arborealists, philosophers, historians, and more. The event was co-convened by art.earth, Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies.

2019 was the centenary of the founding of the Forestry Commission and was a time to come together to look back as well as forward. Since then, the world has found itself in the grip of change and challenge, with public spaces closed, gatherings of people banned, and with disease come to threaten humankind just as it has threatened numerous tree species over recent decades.

We are now inviting submissions of words and images for potential inclusion in a book to be published late 2020, to be reviewed by our editorial panel. We invite proposals in many shapes and sizes, from poetry and experimental narrative to scientific article to essay / polemic. We welcome academic texts as much as we welcome non-academic texts. We welcome images and can link to online media such as video and audio. 

Submissions can be a direct reflection on our 2019 gathering; we are however also inviting anyone to share thoughts about Forestry today, in 2020 and in a world in the grip of pandemic. What has changed in how we view and interact with the world and with our trees and forests? A brief respite in carbon emission has already resulted in environmental gains: is there something we can learn here about trees and forests in the context of a changing climate?

The publication will be in hard copy, and will follow the format for art.earth publications (20cm x 20cm, full colour).  It will be available for sale on the art.earth site as well as through our partners, through independent booksellers, and on Amazon.

Submission form (deadline, July 19 2300)