nature recovery network
Eynsham & surrounding villages
This artwork appropriates the metaphor of the Wood Wide Web / mycelium networks to represent the structure and aims of the NRN: a network of organisations and individuals sharing resources and communicating for mutual benefit of the whole ecosystem. It combines woven elements within a willow frame (from locally gathered natural materials) by members of the network. In making, sharing and recycling the artwork we aim to have little to no negative impact on the environment - but rather honour its beauty, complexity and value.
About the artist(s)
Alice Walker is and artist and teacher based in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. She has a deep love of being in and tending to the natural world and responding to it creatively. She believes in the power of the arts to transform, teach and heal all who participate.
Alongside working in oils, watercolours, collage and pencil Alice loves to experiment with combining different printmaking techniques. Like most artists she makes art about the things she love. Recent inspiration has been found very close at home in the hedgerows and woods, fields and skies.
Alice teaches regular art classes, and also at Oxford Art Summer School. She has been a frequent exhibitor with Oxford Art Weeks.
about the group
The Nature Recovery Network (NRN) is a network of individuals, community groups, local businesses, and councillors in Eynsham Parish and the surrounding parishes. It is dedicated to understanding, protecting, and restoring our local nature in all its diversity. This 'bottom-up' network aims at connecting enthusiasts with experts, businesses and councillors all living in the same environment to enable a scaling-up of nature recovery in the face of climate change and the ecological crises that have led to biodiversity loss.
The NRN initiates and supports projects which bring together local communities at the parish level to:
Generate community proposals for gains in habitats and biodiversity.
Collectively implement these proposals over time.
Facilitate community mapping of the biodiversity of the parish (water courses,hedgerows, veteran trees, woodland, species-rich verges etc.) to know what we have and to ensure that there are measurable outcomes of any interventions.
Use the data gathered to create a baseline from which to set targets and monitor recovery of habitats and wildlife over time.
Collate, store, analyse and disseminate data to create a local professional resource for the community, as well as feeding into e.g. the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre, so that this knowledge base can be used to inform discussions of local developments and other planning issues, and for further research locally and nationally.