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The Green Man is a traditional pagan symbol of growth and rebirth, also historically used as decorative sculpture on buildings. Here’s our pick of the best Green Men in Britain, from church carvings to inspired festivals.
Landscape artist David Goff Eveleigh made the Green Man into an extraordinary maze to celebrate the millenium in Penpont, Brecon and is the largest image of the character in the world. Pick your way through secret gardens and tunnels in a geometric celebration of nature.
The annual music festival uses the Green Man motif to express aspects of sustainability and environmental issues which are at the heart of this festival. Headliners for 2010 include Doves, The Flaming Lips and Joanna Newsom.
An annual spring festival, the town of Clun celebrate May Day with music, drama and general tomfoolery in three days of festivities for the family.
In their 27th year, Hastings celebrate the start of summer with an annual May Day Jack-in-the-Green festival. Look out for the procession following The Release of the Jack, culminating in The Slaying of the Jack, representing the release of the Spirit of Summer. Expect Morris Dancing, poetry, live music and high jinks
Designed by Decimus Burton in 1845, the Grade II listed main gate at Kew Gardens features four Green Men. In 2000 artist and sculptor Jeff Higley carved a Green Man figure which was hung in a tree overlooking the lake.
Inspired by the surrounding woodland, artist and sculptor Jeff Higley created a three-sided artwork which was placed in Great Binfields Copse, Chineham in 2008. The central piece is a Green Man, representing the figure as watchman of the woodland.
The holy grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits… and the Green Man? You’ve heard of the Da Vinci Code, but did you know there are over 100 carvings of the Green Man at Rosslyn Glen? Set in beautiful woodlands, the pre-Christian figures at Rosslyn Chapel represent the changing seasons, with young faces portraying spring and older faces representing winter.
Quintessentially traditional, you may be surprised to discover that there are over 70 Green Men at Canterbury Cathedral.
Paul Sivell is a self-taught wood carver and sculptor who specialises in turning dead, dying or damaged wood into sculptured art. He has created a long list of Green Men, from the trickster to the friendly Green Man.
The Green Man at the grade II listed All Saints’ Church in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire is particularly intricate and dates back to the late thirteenth century.
Southwell Minster has over a dozen Green Man carvings. The carvings in the Chapter House are said to be some of the finest in England.
Based in County Durham, Green Man Pottery produce ceramics inspired by pagan tradition. The potter is also an archaeologist, who bases his designs on original sculptures.
The Goddess & The Green Man are a pagan business who produce crafts inspired by folklore. They sell everything from Green Man books and plaques to t-shirts and trinkets.