Those who have been following our adventures this season will recall that in Week 1 the old Enviro Tree, under which the original environmental archaeology hut used to shelter on the edge of the Old Trench, fell on its face and was thus, sadly, felled.
At the time the idea sprouted to use some of its beautiful and fragrant timber to make lasting mementoes and preserve its memory.
Well, we’ve done it. We have Enivro Tree Art!
Ray was kind enough to provide a photo from 2007, showing the tree and its hut in all their former glory.
Then Mel contributed with a sketch that highlighted (and considerably tidied up!) the tree, hut and its all-important tap.
David took advantage of a trip home to take some bits of tree branch, run them through his bandsaw and provided us some lovely slices of wood, perfect for turning into new things.
And finally, Ellie’s family laser cutter was able to create art from bits of dead tree.
Now we have Enviro Tree pendants, coasters, a brooch and even a plaque to put on the wall of New Enviro to preserve the memory of what has come before. A lasting memento of a beautiful thing.
Even better, the tree has helped keep many of us warm this season, providing us with firewood most evenings to sit around, as well as the benches to sit upon. They have been well-used around that fire, and will continue to be so for years to come.
So the tree will live on, in form and spirit. Vale the Enviro Tree!