New Directions

In addition to GIS data sets held by various bodies (Natural England, Environment Agency, English Heritage, Devon/Cornwall Wildlife Trusts and local/national AONBs), TAGSCAPE is exploring ways of collecting new data from people and communities who use the two landscapes we will study in depth. In addition, TAGSCAPE is working on a project in the West Indian Ocean with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and partners.

To support this process, I have discussed and presented the work of the project to MSc students at Plymouth University. They took modules in relevant subject areas – Environmental Consultancy, Ecological Survey Evaluation and Mitigation, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Sustainable Development. And because my work is visual, I would also like to engage with students on art and design-related courses.

Project progress is catalogued below and is being regularly expanded and updated.

Crenver Grove

Intuitively I feel this is where one of the #tagscape exhibits will be – this spot in the wonderful Crenver Grove outside Praze-an-Beeble in Cornwall. Sustrust manages it and through them, and with them, I can work with communities that use the wood.

Crenver Grove, Cornwall

Dr Colin French, a Vice-county Recorder for Cornwall (a person in charge of the biological recording and other scientific data-gathered for the county), agreed to meet with me in the spring to discuss Crenver Grove and other projects. We looked at data held by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS), which is hosted by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. He explained that the area wasn’t particularly interesting in terms of biodiversity and the ‘time-depth’ of the woods was shallow. However, we discussed that this was part of its story and although it might not be worth doing fieldwork such as taking core samples of the earth to analyse and draw, such ideas shouldn’t be dismissed. The story of this estate, its recent past and what stood there before and now still needs to be communicated.

As soon as the leaves formed on the Beech trees, I started to draw them botanically. You can view this work here as fieldwork has commenced in the woods. In the autumn, I will draw with #charcoal that has actually been made in the woods. I will also tackle tree and fern identification. It’s a great place to start thinking about #biomass and #biodiversity as well as community engagement.
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Beams, bats and beetles

Landscapes of perception: telling a story #drawing a #tagscape


Roger English of South Devon AONB was one of the first people I met to discuss #tagscape. John Martin of the University of Plymouth led me there. From this meeting, I observed a number of events to help me think about how I would develop a tagscape. Batland is where I am logging ideas that came from Roger’s discussion. Maps and bats feature but so do ships, #wildparcour and singing.