St. Peter's Church, Thorner with Scarcroft
Leeds, United Kingdom
Part of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales
|NEWSLETTER FROM REV BOB BAILEY|
|WHISPERING BENEATH OUR FEET|
Much of my childhood was spent in a world of innocent wonder and imagination, playing in woods and my tree house. Adult arboreal pleasure can be found at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in artist Giuseppe Penone’s exhibition A Tree in the Wood, which explores our relationship with the natural world. Trees are symbols of protection. The third most common pub name in England is The Royal Oak, celebrating Charles II’s escape from the Roundheads by hiding in an oak tree after the battle of Worcester in 1651. Nellie’s Tree on the Parlington estate has become a symbol of resistance to housing development. The romantic Vic Stead grafted two saplings together forming the letter N to woo his sweetheart, Nellie; 100 years later the tree was voted England’s Tree of the Year. Trees are planted in memory of others. The Coronation Tree in Scholes was planted to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII. Inauspiciously, the coronation was delayed due to Edward needing surgery. (He survived, but the tree did not; its replacement stands at the eastern entrance to the village.) An avenue of trees was planted in Scholes as a memorial to the fallen of the Great War, a tree for each man. The other side of the road was planted in memory of those lost in the Second World War.