A coppiced ash stool, near Ightham Mote and Knole, Kent. Photo: John Miller.

Ash Walks

The ash is the most common tree in Kent, found across the county. The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was one of the first areas in the UK to notice ash dieback when it was officially recognised in the UK in 2012. Caused by the fungal pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, it is estimated that over 90% of ash trees will be affected by ash dieback over the next decade, changing the landscapes around us.

Whitstable Biennale is working in partnership with The Ash Project to present a series of artists’ walks in 2018. Curator Rose Thompson is working with artists to devise four walks through ash landscapes in Kent, encouraging study and providing an intimate, conversational way to explore the landscapes.

Information on the artist walks, including dates and booking details coming soon.

The Ash Project is a cultural response to ash dieback in the Kent Downs, celebrating the cultural, natural and social history of the ash tree, and creating an enduring legacy. The project includes a new commission by artists Ackroyd & Harvey, an exhibition, walks, learning and workshop programmes.

Find out more about The Ash Project here

The Ash Project has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Kent County Council, and is commissioned by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.