A five mile circular walk along the North Downs Way from Hucking Estate to the newly launched ash sculpture by Ackroyd and Harvey.
- 10.30am - 3.30pm
Ash Pilgrimage: The Vikings Sacred Tree
Saturday 29 September 2018, 10:30-3:30pm
Cost: Free, booking required
Meeting point: St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye, 38 Church St, Wye, Ashford TN25 5BL. Ends: Wye
Join Madeleine Hodge (The Ash Project) and David Carey (Kent Tree Wardens) for a five mile circular walk along the North Downs Way from Hucking Estate to the newly launched sculpture by Ackroyd and Harvey. We will explore the ancient cultural connections we share with ash trees in our landscapes. It starts and ends in Wye in time for the Pilgrims Feast.
In this walk we explore the incredible history of the ash tree, the world tree, the tree of the druids, the tree of life, we will see how it marks landscapes and walking routes along the Downs. We will walk from the giant ash trees at the Hucking Estate to Ash to Ash, a pair of monolithic sculptural works by the internationally renowned artists, which are both a celebration of ash trees and memorial to the devastating effects of ash dieback on the most common tree in the Kent Downs.
Ash Dieback will bring significant rapid change to landscapes across England, it is already affecting the woodlands at Hucking, changing their appearance, how we use woodlands and their ecological balance. For thousands of years, our woodlands have been changing over time, largely due to climate and the impact of man’s activities. We will look at the history of the Hucking Estate and discover how this woodland has been used in the past. We will explore this amazing woodland as it stands proud on the North Kent Downs today, and peer into the crystal ball of the future of landscapes in Kent.
The walk is presented by the Kent Tree and Pond Wardens, a fantastic group of volunteers that work across Kent and Medway to care for trees in our communities.