Green man

Mixed Media

2020

Please take the gift of seeds and scatter them.

 

By sowing seeds you are actively protesting for self sufficiency with actions based on local knowledge. Waste is a human concept that does not exist in nature.

 

Rewilding with indigenous seeds can help address the current food, farming and climate crisis. Local food forests in urban and rural areas can help build natural and long lasting ecosystems that are beneficial for everyone.  

 

Sow an indigenous seed. Alone or with your community, friends, strangers or  lovers. Ask about them. Find them. Share them. And try not to sow the same kind twice. Diversify. 

 

This is a message from the face of the greenman.

 

The green man has proliferated British gardens, a common image found in the decor section of garden centres and at mayday festivities. Usually presented as a sculptural mask surrounded or entirely made from foliage, it is one of the few pagan deities to slip into our collective imagination. The origin is unknown and disparate, but has managed to charm its way into many different histories across the world occurring throughout the ages. A benign character able to communicate with plants, a guardian of this world reminding us that acknowledging the consciousness of trees and plants could give us access to a wider world and awareness of the ecosystem we live in. It is one of the only anthropormisations of vegetation, a forest-god or sorts, an emblem of cycles of birth–death–rebirth and the turning of the seasons within the natural year; a reminder of forces of Nature exist despite human enterprise. There is irony in this emblem of anarchic animism holding currency within Britain where tree cover is among the sparsest in Europe. 

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