The 17th century painting, ‘The Entombment of Christ’ has hung above the altar in St Mary’s Church for over 100 years. It has now been assessed by a Masters student from the Courtauld Institute, confirming its age, and its status as a studio copy of the original painting by the Italian artist, Guercino. The Parish of Wanstead has therefore decided to restore the painting. A series of events are being held to contribute to the costs of restoration.
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The native fauna and flora of the British Isles has been augmented by introductions over many centuries. Some trees like the Sycamore and the Sweet Chestnut arrived many centuries ago and have become integrated into our landscapes.
Other aliens are more recent arrivals with a few being perceived as invasive species. One of these is the purple flowered Rhododendron ponticum which produces viable seeds and spreads some distance from its introduced sites.
The Friends of Wanstead Parklands were delighted to be invited to curate the 2015 summer exhibition at The Temple, and chose to celebrate the natural aspect of the park with a display of images of its flora and fauna. Continue reading "The natural aspect of the Park as seen by local photographers"