All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Archive for Apr, 2009

Green Man or not Green Man?

COTGM Member Vanessa Piggott writes about the “is it or isn’t it a Green Man” section of our Flickr site which can be found at: Please feel free to have a look and add your comments here or on our Flickr pages “

Gosh, is it or isn’t it a Green Man? When you have travelled miles, tramped across fields, and back, to fetch the Key from the last cottage in the village you really want to find a Green Man and it is easy to be convinced. I have looked at the photos and my gut instincts are as follows:- Kilpeck NO
St Mary Radcliffe YES
Glos. NO
Bradford on Avon YES  Foliate Mask
Loxley NO
Earthlights (1) Debatable (2) YES
Wells Debatable
Kent YES
Buckley NO
Calne YES
South Morden NO
Gt Coxwell Too Eroded
East Hagbourne NO
Burford (1) YES (2) NO (3) NO
Langley Marsh YES
Eynesford NO .

When I find a ‘debatable’ I list it anyway for other people to make up their own minds. In general I am against being too purist, there are many different GM hunters, so I say list the lot and let the viewer decide, maybe it will encourage people to go and see for themselves.

Green Sedayne




COTGM member Sean Breadin, aka Sedayne, is a professional storyteller, singer of traditional ballads & folk songs and player of diverse & ancient musical instruments. For this years Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering he went as a Green Man. The fantastic mask is based on a sinister supporter from a Chester Cathedral misericord.  His thinking is that a lot of these sort of GM types could well be depictions of medieval carnival masks, so he thought the best thing to do would be to make one (using such traditional mediaeval materials as Ikea packing cases, organic flour, water & toilet paper) to see how such a thing might work in reality. He wore it both in the procession & for a couple of storytelling sessions.

For Sedaynes Myspace page (including some wonderful musical clips) go to:
 For his Heads-With-Leaves pages go to:
For information about the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering go to: