Artists and sculptors from around Britain rally to help Leatherhead's Teazle Wood
PUBLISHED: 22:28 03 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:27 20 February 2013
Creative professionals from all over England have offered their services to help Leatherhead's Teazle Wood.
Creative professionals from all over England have offered their services to help Leatherheads Teazle Wood.
Fine artists, graphic designers, jewellers and sculptors from Kent, Sussex, Devon, Herefordshire, London and Surrey have donated their talents in support of the campaign to buy and care for the woodland.
Award-winning Devon jeweller Helen Walker has designed a limited edition ring inspired by the soft summer mauves and greens of teazles.
Anyone who regularly visits the RHS flower shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace will recognise the work of Neil Lossock., who has made his teazle garden sculpture design completely exclusive to the Teazle Wood project.
Fine artist James Arthur painted a watercolour depiction of Teazle Wood, and donated the total sale price of 500 to the cause.
For those longing to have a go at silversmithing, Kew-based art metalworker Shelley Thomas is offering a make a piece of hallmarked silver jewellery day.
For 150 each, up to five people can spend a day with Shelley and create their own piece of jewellery to keep, with Shelley donating proceeds to the Teazle Wood fund.
Teazle Wood was secured by the local and wider business and residential community when it came up for auction in June 2012.
The 57-acre wood, situated at the northern tip of Leatherhead, is an important ecological, archaeological, educational and recreational site.
Approximately one third of the total purchase price still needs to be raised, and contributions from the creative community form just one part of an extraordinary response from a broad range of people who share a belief in saving and nurturing the countryside.
People have baked cakes, grown plants and run marathons to ensure that nature will be protected and that future generations will enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors.
- For more information about the campaign, call Lucy Quinnell on 01372 386453 or visit www.teazlewood.org.uk.