We have been contacted by Ellie Wilson (I14065) regarding her project as ‘Artist-in-Residence’ for Epping Forest in which she celebrates the ancient rights of lopping.

Ellie is the 4th great-grand niece of Thomas Willingale (I0150). She is a violinist/composer and her project ‘Echoes: Unearthing Stories of Epping Forest’ is a set of new compositions exploring the human impact on London’s ancient woodland through the centuries: Iron-Age Hill Forts, WW11 Bomb craters that are now ponds and Thomas Willingale – the local labourer who helped save the forest during the 19th century enclosure movement. The work, which includes a self-penned folksong, field recordings and a graphic score based on a map of Loughton Camp, will be a sound installation at the Visitor Centre from 12th November 2019 – 5th January 2020 (probably not the Christmas period) and released on CD in November.

The Centre is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am. Entry is free.

You can view an interview with Ellie on London Live by going to:-

Ellie is currently working at the ‘Shakespeare’s Globe’ theatre in London writing the music for the Henry V1 and Richard 111 production which will run from 21st November – 26th January 2020