Sawing And Scribbling

7 Dec


Husb and I spent a few hours up a hill cutting down trees with some of our young relatives. The area is quite heavily forested, having been reclaimed from heavy industry during the 1970s after a couple of centuries of pollution. This area was the crucible of the Industrial Revolution and was badly scarred until Swansea University started the Lower Swansea Valley reclamation project.


At first, only conifers would grow there, but now most of Kilvey Hill is mixed forest. A couple of areas had become overgrown with thickets of conifers and volunteers were needed to clear them. They’re Xmas trees so we were able to choose one for free in return for our labour. Result! I managed a few action scribbles in between the sawing and showers of hail, using graphite into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

4 Responses to “Sawing And Scribbling”

  1. martinsdoodles December 9, 2014 at 12:37 #

    Great sketches. I planted a tree as part of that way back when I was in school, it was very different around there back then.

    • Rosie Scribblah December 9, 2014 at 14:04 #

      My Husb did some tree planting with his school back then too. Now he’s cutting them down 🙂

  2. paperstew December 8, 2014 at 19:24 #

    We too went out and murdered a tree along with countless others. No sketchbook in hand but I did show Dave your posting while on the tractor ride out to the farthest patch. 🙂
    Very very interesting history in your area. Looking forward to seeing it soon!

    • Rosie Scribblah December 8, 2014 at 21:56 #

      History is something that we have in buckets! Can’t wait for you guys to come over 🙂

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