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Sharing, Celebrating and Enhancing John Ruskin's Legacy
in the Wyre Forest

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An exciting new project exploring Ruskin Land, the area of the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire cared for by Ruskin’s Guild of St George and managed by the Wyre Community Land Trust, was launched at Bewdley Museum on Monday 24th July. The two-year programme concludes in 2019 when the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth will be celebrated.

Ruskin Land was given to the Victorian polymath John Ruskin in the 1870s. It was the mission of Ruskin’s Guild ‘to take some small piece of English ground, beautiful, peaceful and fruitful’ in order to provide opportunities for working people to cultivate land and reconnect with nature. The project aims to explore the story of what happened at Ruskin Land, how Ruskin’s ideas have been incorporated into the modern forest, and what can be done to reinterpret his vision today in meaningful, creative and productive ways.

The project seeks to deepen the links between the local community and the forest through a wide range of events and activities. Making – of all kinds and varieties – will be central to the project. There will be opportunities for local people, and for those from further afield, to engage with the project and each other by sharing their memories, going on guided walks and working with an artisan in residence who will aim to turn our oak into beautiful things.

The £80,000 project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ruskin’s Guild of St George, which owns the 150 acres of farm and woodland, and will be delivered in partnership with the Wyre Community Land Trust at St George’s Farm.

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