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During the course of Simon’s journey around England members of the public were invited to post ideas of events and leisure pursuits that he could photograph, thereby positioning him alongside his fellow countrymen and attempting to involve the ‘English', to a certain degree, in their own representation. The ideas that were posted provide an interesting snapshot of the country in 2008 and work alongside Simon’s photographs. They illustrate what's important to people and explore their own thoughts on notions of Englishness.

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August 11, 2008 - 09:38 AM
Carol - crowntreejones@nationalforest.org


The National Forest Wood Fair is held on August Bank Holiday Monday. In a magnificent setting below the craggy summit of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, see quintesential English crafts such as willow weaving, pole lathe turning, coracle making or ancient dug out boats, watch a wheelwright at work and tradtional horse logging.

Thousands of people flock to this annual event and enjoy having a go at many of the activities, and sampling the tempting choice of locally-sorced food and drink. New this year is the grand auction at the end of the day. The gavel will come down on a handmade coracle, the chain saw sculpture made during the day, and a Gordon Monk child's chair, plus a selection of other top quality items.

The Wild Man of the Woods sings his songs and spins his yarns throughout the day, you can learn survival skills and all about country potions.

The photogrpahic possibilities are endless and it would be great to include this in the We English project. What could be more English than an oak tree?

National Forest Wood Fair Monday 25 August, 10 am -5 pm see www.nationalforest.org
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