Close up of the rings of a tree with a greenish centre

A Slice of History

Monday, 1 April, 10am-4pm

Motcombe Gardens, Eastbourne

The oldest tree in Motcombe Gardens is a gnarled old beech tree that’s been standing here since 1850! This coincides with the development of Eastbourne town by the Earl of Burlington. The tree and the town have been growing together.

Over two days we’re going exploring the history of Motcombe Gardens in relation to the growth of the tree and we’ll ‘cut’ a virtual slice through its trunk to explore the changing climate over time and consider how a tree records its history.

These activities are part of the Blue Heart Bourne River Project. Keep up to date with the latest project news on the Bourne River Project Blog.

Photo © Chris Reynolds (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Creative writing workshop for adults – FREE, book to reserve your place
10am – 12 noon

Explore a virtual slice through the beech tree and consider how the climate has changed over the last 170 years; find out what Indonesian volcanoes and Canadian forest fires have to do with the growth of the oldest tree in the gardens. What has the tree endured to stand here this long?
This free workshop is limited to 12 places.

Art workshop – all ages, FREE, drop-in
10am – 4pm

Come and join us for a playful exploration of the tree as old as Eastbourne. You can blow ink into vein patterns, turn watercolours into tree rings and add your own square to our world tree. This creative session is suitable for all ages, tell your friends! You’ll also be able to chat to an archaeologist and see inside the dovecote.

Creative writing workshop – FREE, drop-in
12 noon – 4pm

Exploring tree rings and creative word play, you can come and write your own ring poems (they don’t need to rhyme!) and add your thoughts to our tree ring map.