There’s not much but trees between Coniston Water and the little town of Hawkshead – 24.47 square kilometres of working forest to be exact – oh, and a series of sculptures which can be discovered by a number of waymarked walking trails. Known as the first forest for sculpture, there are now over 50 sculptures in the landscape including works by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Harris and Sally Matthews, often made from naturally-occurring materials that blend with the landscape.
The innovation continues today and Forestry England is working on a series of projects to re-imagine Grizedale Forest as the international centre for art in the environment. Nor is it just sculpture – listen out for live literature events, Ede
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