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Archive for Oct, 2012

Green Man or not Green Man?

Vic Ward sent me some pictures of this sadly weather beaten head from St Peter and Paul Church, Keddington, Suffolk. The question is green man or not green man? Having been fooled by facial hair in the past I’m a little bit cautious. So I’m relying on our members for a decision on whether to class this one as a green man or not and would be grateful if you could complete the poll on this page:

Green Man (Widecombe, Devon) 1

St Pancras Church, Widecombe, Devon © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

New Green Man

Well done to Colin Harris who discovered this Green Man at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire. I’d love to know who created this Green Man, if anyone has any more information please do get in touch.

Green Man (Kings Nympton, Devon) 1

St James Church, Kings Nympton, Devon © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Green Man (North Bovey, Devonshire) 1

St Johns Church, North Bovey, Devon © Jennie Miller & Gary Truss

Jennie Miller & Gary Truss joined the Company of the Green Man back in January of 2011 and since then have provided us with a constant flow of the most wonderful pictures of Green Men. I’ve been adding their pictures to our Flickr archive regularly but to ensure that everyone gets a chance to see these remarkable Green Men (and Women) I’m going to try and post their pictures regulary on our blog.

The first picture is from St Johns Church in North Bovey, Devonshire.


Whilst Flicking through Spark Magazine I came across this wonderful image created by the Bristol Based visual artist Tim Floyd for part of the Easton Arts Trail in 2011.

Commenting on this piece in his blog Tim wrote:

“On Saturday afternoon I headed over to Co-operation road in Greenbank and spray-painted an image of a Green Man on one of the bricked up doorways of the old Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory. The foliage and berries of a Hawthorn tree are forming, and being disgorged by the character. I got my inspiration for this piece from images of traditional Green Man stone carvings and from a row of mature Hawthorne trees that form a border between the chocolate factory and the Bristol to Bath cycle path.

Tim commented to me:

“I’ve done a number of pieces which have been influenced by green man imagery. I work both in two and three dimensions creating pieces which respond to the cycles of nature, to the processes of decay and regeneration and to the relationships between human beings and the natural world –the image of the green man ties in perfectly with these themes.

To see more of Tim’s fantastic work visit his website at: