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Ryedale District Council awards three arts grants to celebrate National Tree Week

Three arts grants have been awarded by Ryedale District Council to support creative activity during National Tree Week.

The annual event, which takes place from 27 November to 5 December, is the UK’s largest celebration of trees and marks the start of the winter tree planting season.

Artists, arts organisations and charities were encouraged to apply for grants of £550 to fund projects specifically related to trees and the themes of tree week


The three successful grants were awarded to Karen Thompson, Make More Arts and Suzie Devey.

Suzie Devey’s successful project is ‘Rings of Celebration’ which will take place in the Dalby Forest visitor centre this weekend (December 4-5.).

This unique, creative experience will see visitors create prints using tree slices prepared by the Dalby Sawmill.

The printmaking activities will link in with trees visitors have seen in the forest.

Karen Thompson and Make More Arts will both be staging workshops for families at Norton Hive and Pickering Library on December 4 as well as events in schools in the district during the week.

In Miss Thompson’s workshop, A Badge of Honour for Trees, families can identify trees and create drawings and paintings of them which will then be turned into badges to take home.

The Enchanted Tree workshop by Make More Arts will see participants take part in a storytelling experience that celebrates the importance of trees.

Rosie Barrett, of Make More Arts, said: “I’m delighted to have received funding to run these events in Ryedale. It’s a wonderful opportunity to create and share a story inspired by the trees in our region – which we often take for granted!

“I’m looking forward to working with lots of young people in schools and libraries for National Tree Week. Sharing a story with your family can be a really magical experience and a great way to create special memories together. Families will be able to get creative and contribute to the story too!”

Phillip Spurr, Director of Place and Resources at Ryedale Council, said: “We had a high standard of applications for this round of grant funding which was very encouraging to see.

“The successful grant applicants have planned brilliant projects that engage the community and celebrate trees.

“We can’t wait to see the art that is created through this work.”

The Enchanted Tree and Badge of Honour workshops are free but must be booked via the libraries - Pickering - 01609 533624 and Norton - 01609 534552

They will take place:

Pickering Library

10.15am - 11am The Enchanted Tree story

11am - 12.15pm Badge of Honour

Norton Hive Library

1.30pm - 2.15pm The Enchanted Tree story

2.15pm - 3.45pm Badge of Honour