A Wanstead Art Treasure

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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Richard Arnopp

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"Suburban fox" © Richard Arnopp

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“Miniature world” – fungi and mosses growing on an old anthill in Wanstead Park © Richard Arnopp

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“Bush Wood Arch” – path south of Bush Road © Richard Arnopp

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“Furled parasol” – immature parasol fungus in Reservoir Wood © Richard Arnopp

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“Cuckoo-pint – handle with care!” - Arum maculatum adjacent to the Warren Road car park © Richard Arnopp

Christian Moss

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“Grass snake captured at the old sewage works" © Christian Moss
“Grass snake captured at the old sewage works" © Christian Moss

“Black & White crow captured next to Heronry pond” © Christian Moss
“Black & White crow captured next to Heronry pond” © Christian Moss

“Toads in Amplexus - it's actually 2 toads and a cheeky frog, captured on the Ornamental Waters” © Christian Moss
“Toads in Amplexus - it's actually 2 toads and a cheeky frog, captured on the Ornamental Waters” © Christian Moss

“White Wanstead - Swans of Perch pond in the snow” © Christian Moss
“White Wanstead - Swans of Perch pond in the snow” © Christian Moss

“Male Migrant Hawker (dragonfly) captured patrolling Heronry pond” © Christian Moss
“Male Migrant Hawker (dragonfly) captured patrolling Heronry pond” © Christian Moss

The Impact Of Alien Species: some examples from Wanstead Park

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.

Rhododendron Ponticum © Geoff Wilkinson
Rhododendron Ponticum © Geoff Wilkinson

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Kathy Hartnett

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“Autumn hues” - beech tree leave" © Kathy Hartnett

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“Beetle balancing act” - Black-headed Cardinal Beetle © Kathy Hartnett

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“Gone Fishin'” – Grey Heron © Kathy Hartnett

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“Your father was due home hours ago....” – Mallard family © Kathy Hartnett