Trees in the Park

Pat Archibald

Oak Tree – The Berlinn

The oak tree is the “high rise” of the forest, supporting numerous different forms of insect, animal, bird and plant life amongst its roots, bark, branches and leaves. It was also the wood that formed the framework of the West Highland galleys that traded up and down the Western Isles of Scotland in the Middle Ages until James I of England banned their use in the 14th century. The template for the galleys was a legacy from the Viking inhabitants of the isles in earlier times.

The Birlinn

Alison Drayson

Coppiced Hazel

The hazel is one of the oldest native British trees and is frequently coppiced to send up new branches in the spring. It was held in high regard by the Ancient Celts, and in the Ogham alphabet symbolizes creativity, wisdom and knowledge.

The quilt uses purchased and hand-dyed fabrics with machine quilting and trapunto.

Coppiced Hazel

Margaret Morrow

Hawthorn – The May Tree

The May Tree is the tree of the Virgin and the sign of fertility. The blossom can be white or very pale pink and covers the tree in May.

The background is strip pieced and painted lutrador is twisted, stitched and embellished both by hand and machine. The green sheers are easily moved in any breeze.

Hawthorn - May Blossom

Mary Ennis

Silver Birch

The “dainty lady” of the woods is seen in Celtic lore as the embodiment of the feminine principle, here represented by the symbol for Venus and the maypole.

White cotton, birch bark and silk satin has been used, the last being stressed and coloured with artist’s paint sticks. Leaves and flowers are stenciled or appliquéd and then stitched. The work is machine quilted.

Silver Birch

Jan Watson

Aspen – The Whispering Tree

The tree of the Autumn equinox – September 21 – my birthday! The trees are delicate and slender with greenish-grey bark, a horizontal branching pattern and almost round leaves. In Autumn the leaves turn bright yellow and red before dropping to the earth and fading to black. The aspen is a pioneer species – it is fast-growing and regenerates profusely after disturbance.


Margaret O’Gorman

Ash – The Tree of Life

Known as the tree of life in many cultures, the story I like best is about passing children between the branches to ensure their good health.

Ash - The Tree of Life

Joyce Watson

Scots Pine – Celtic Sentinel

The Scots Pine sheds its lower branches as it grows to maturity. People too, with the experiences of life, lose the anxieties of youth and focus on what is important. A moonlit solitary pine tree grows among the bluebells on a Scottish hillside.

The focus is on the textured tree trunk with its broken lower branches and mosses, developed with painted, burnt and distressed tyvek, lutrador, velvets, sheers, etc. The foreground is felted wools and yarns, interwoven with painted fabric rocks and bluebells.

Scots Pine - Celtic Sentinel