An ambitious plan for a “tree cathedral” in Hengrove has been given the go-ahead. Artist David Thorpe was commissioned by a project aiming to improve the area, and is aiming to create a “long-term legacy” with the plans.
He aims for his “tree cathedral” to be both “functional” and “curious”, and to become part of the infrastructure of the area.
He wants to create it in Oatlands Avenue, at the site of the Severn Project – a community farm – and make it out of large growing fruit and nut trees planted according to the floor plan of a cathedral. The trees will provide food as well as a grand new meeting place for the community.
The project is part of Future Perfect – a two year public art programme commissioned by Bristol City Council, which is being developed with the Hengrove and Stockwood Neighbourhood Partnership.