We are inviting you to create a history of the Liverpool City Region through its trees by donating a photo story of a tree that is important to you.
In these times of global crisis, we all benefit from taking a step back and seeing our own experiences in a wider historical context. This city has survived war, disease and many other hardships; this pandemic is just the most recent. We hope the project will also encourage us to engage with and be more aware of the trees and green spaces that enrich our lives and improve our health and well-being.
The project started with a broad cross section of people, from historians to tree professionals to family members, sharing a story about a tree that was important to them. Eight of these were selected and Open Eye photographer Andy Yates was commissioned to produce images of these important Liverpool trees. These photographs cover a span of over
1000 years… and so a picture of the city region told through our relationships with trees began and with each story you submit the archive grows building a history of communities, families and trees that is meaningful to many.
Take a picture of a tree that means something to you and along with a few words about what makes it important. Share your TreeStory on treestory.me.
The Story of Liverpool City Region Through its Trees is being delivered by Open Eye Gallery and dot-art, and will soon become part of a bespoke website, including creative projects developed with 4 schools and 4 community groups from across the city region. The programme has received support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Mersey Forest, with the pilot supported by Liverpool City Council.