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The seed of an idea

The seed of an idea

Signs Express has recently been involved with the Lincolnshire-based Woodland Project, for which it has helped to create over 2,500 bespoke leaves for display in the accompanying art exhibition.

The initiative, the brainchild of British painter and lecturer Christopher Wiles, encouraged over 2,500 school children across Lincolnshire to take part in an Arts Workshop programme exploring issues of growth, sustainability and biodiversity. Each child who attended a workshop created a miniature artwork in the form of a leaf, all of which have been used to form the stunning centerpiece of the exhibition. At the same time, businesses and residents from the local community have also taken part in a number of planting events, during which over 1,500 trees have been used to form a new woodland in the heart of Lincoln.


The children’s leaf artwork was printed, free of charge by Signs Express centres up and down the UK, with 11 different centres taking part in the exercise. They include the Lincoln, Sheffield, Grimsby, Peterborough, Nottingham, Doncaster, Harrogate, Chester, Central Lancashire, Hull and York centres, whilethe Lincoln centrealso produced all of the vinyl lettering and the trunk of the tree that displays the leaves.

Christopher Wiles, who revealed that it was his long-held dream to combine his passion for conservation and ecology with his vocation as an arts lecturer, commented: “I am so grateful to the many companies that have been kind enough to sponsor various elements of The Woodland Project and It is extremely heartening that businesses, such as Signs Express, are willing to support this sort of cultural and environmental project, especially in the current economic climate. Even small elements of support can make a huge difference to artists and enable them to engage with the members of their local communities in activities that couldn’t have otherwise taken place.”


The exhibition opened at The Collection, Lincolnshire’s archaeology museum and home to the Usher Gallery, on Saturday 21st January and will run until Sunday 19th February. Entry is free and everyone is welcome,

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