This summer saw the 'Last Tree Dreaming' go upright! The 250 year old, 17.3 meter, 11 tonne, Oak tree which fell in Turner's Paddock, Stourhead in January 2013 go upright at Frome College.

The intention was to re-erect the tree on site this summer as part of a scheme to create a more significant main entrance to the College. The tree featured in the painting 'View over the lake at Stourhead' by JMW Turner in 1798 when it was 30 years old.

The Heritage Lottery awarded the project £40,000 to involve Frome's young people in the tree's historical and ecological heritage. The sculpture signifies the now depleted great forest of Selwood first recorded in 898 which once covered the whole Frome area.

Students have carved personal aspirational tattoos into the heartwood of the tree and visited the Tate Britain with a talk by the Curator of the Turner Collection.

Young filmmakers supported and documented the project and enjoyed a guided walk along the 15 mile route through the forest from Frome to Stourhead. Talks were given by local experts and an exhibition will be mounted in Stourhead by the students.

Celebrating the installation of the tree at Frome College in July 2016 students were involved in creating the start of an annual event, coordinating a performance/procession and traditional tree related activities that will also fundraise to ensure the on-going maintenance of the tree. After much work by students and artists, the ‘Last Tree Dreaming’ finally went upright on Wednesday 31 August.

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