Black Woods

pencil drawing of the woodspencil drawing of the woods

Late August, the leaves seem more black than green.
I don’t want to go in the woods when they are like this.
Flies buzzing.
Heavy and sweet smells of rotting.

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The No Tree

Close up of the No Tree, east side of Gledhow Valley WoodsAs I went out one morning… I spied graffiti on graffiti. Someone had written NO on a yellow spot that was spray-painted on a beech tree.

No Tree III - oil painting of yellow spots on trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds.Unless you had an interest in yellow spots, you might not have noticed it.

The word NO is graffiti'd onto a yellow spot painted on a tree. The yellow spot is spray paint and marks the tree for felling. Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds 8The yellow spots appeared on about 120 trees a few months ago to mark them for felling.
Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds 8.

Cars go by

Gledhow Valley Road, LeedsCars go by.
They cannot see
the yellow spots.
Only the walkers –
the dog walkers,
the lonely walkers,
the walkers in love –
Only the nature lovers,
the poets,
the artists looking for inspiration –
Only the commuters taking short cuts and
the school children
on their way home
can see
the yellow spots.

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Felling of the beech wood Save Gledhow Valley Woods
FGVW minutes January 2015 (see Selective Tree Felling section)

Yellow Spot Painting – animation

Video

Animating myself painting – with a 10 year-old dv camcorder and stop motion pro software at Leeds Animation Workshop this weekend.

Spot the difference

Trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, marked with yellow dots in a proposed Leeds city council private finance initiative felling plan.

Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Also known as the combat tree. Because camouflage is the art of not being seen, practised by predators, prey, plants… and soldiers.

Saving the Beech Wood
Management proposals – Friends of GV Woods

Thirteen spots

Yellow spots spray painted on beech trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Beech trees in the local woods, marked with yellow dots in a proposed felling plan. I think the spots are giving the trees stronger identities…

Links:
Felling of the Beech Wood – Save Gledhow Valley Woods
Management Plan – Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods

Yellow spots on trees

Yellow dot on trees in Gledhow Valley Woods January 2015

Gledhow Valley Woods, horse chestnut trees marked for the axe

More trees spray-painted with fluorescent yellow dots in Gledhow Valley Woods. These three horse chestnuts are included in the proposed felling plan.

Links:
Site analysis – Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods
Save Gledhow Valley Woods

Out, damned spot!

Yellow dots on beech trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds, January 2015. They are marked for the axe

Gledhow Valley Woods, beech trees marked for the axe

Recently someone has been out spray-painting in the woods. The graffiti takes the form of yellow dots on about 100 trees. It is possible that these trees will be felled this year in a Leeds city council private finance initiative. Allegedly, the council will not benefit from the sale of the timber. The reasons for the axing seem unclear and there is some strong local debate.

This painting is of three beeches on the slope overlooking the lake.

Links:
Save Gledhow Valley Woods
Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods
Leeds Council reveals plans for 66,000 new homes
Plans for homes in Leeds woodland rejected