New online photography exhibition marks 100 years of the Forestry Commission in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 June 2020

An old oak in full leaf in Wykeham Forest.

An old oak in full leaf in Wykeham Forest.

©Tony Bartholomew

An exhibition of photographs reflecting a year in the life of North Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest and the forests that surround it has gone online on Forestry England’s national website.

Forest 100: a year in the life features the photographs of Scarborough-based editorial photographer Tony Bartholomew, a regular contrubutor to Yorkshire Life. All the photos were taken within the boundaries of forests managed by Forestry England in North Yorkshire.

The photographs portray activities in the forest ranging from bird ringing and harvesting to rallying alongside portraits of forest workers and scenic views.

Autumn funghi on a moss covered fallen branch in Wykeham Forest.Autumn funghi on a moss covered fallen branch in Wykeham Forest.

Tony says: “The Forestry Commission was founded in 1919 to replenish the nation’s supply of timber after World War One, and the Forestry Act was passed that same year, turning the riggs and dales which form the landscape of Dalby into today’s forest cared for by Forestry England.

“I recorded for one year, from spring 2019 to spring 2020, the flora and fauna of the forests, the people who work and play in them, and the people who shaped their past and now protect their future.”

A mini whirlpool and fallen leaves in a beck near Dalby Forest.A mini whirlpool and fallen leaves in a beck near Dalby Forest.

Petra Young, Funding and Development Manager at Forestry England, says: “The centenary gives us time to reflect on our achievements and on the breadth of activities taking place in our nation’s forests. Tony’s work shows the range of special aspects the forest has to offer.”

Images from Forest 100: a year in the life were previous seen as an outdoor exhibition around Staindale Lake, near the visitors’ centre in Dalby Forest.

The online exhibition can be seen at: www.forestryengland.uk/forest-100-year-the-life

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