Forestry Commission England manages the nation’s forests to maximise benefits for people, wildlife, and the economy.

As custodians of the nation’s forests, we welcome over 226 million visits every year; offering close to 3,000 km of waymarked walks and trails, cycle routes and bridle paths that are open every day.

On top of that, 99.9% of England’s population lives within an hour’s drive of accessible forests we manage and our network of visitor centres provides an unique opportunity to engage with the public.

Forestry Commission England’s award winning art programme has been pioneering art in forest settings since 1968.

Earth Photo’s touring exhibition will be presented outdoors in the forest landscape at exceptional sites across the Public Forest Estate connecting with significant audience numbers. Following the launch at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the indoor exhibition will tour to our gallery at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria, the UK’s first forest for sculpture and environmental art.

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK’s learned Society and professional body for geography and geographers. It has charitable status and is also a membership organisation with over 16,000 Fellows and Members. The Society is one of the largest – and recognised as the most active – scholarly geographical societies in the world.

Photography has been at the heart of the Society’s work for over 130 years, led by John Thomson, FRGS, who was the first photo-journalist in modern times, a photographer working in a documentary style and bringing awareness of the people and places of the Far East, and later street London, to nineteenth century audiences for the first time. Earth Photo will draw on the Society’s photographic heritage of over 500,000 images held within its Collections, from the earliest daguerreotype image of 1851 to the latest work by contemporary photographers.

Parker Harris is an independent organisation creating, managing and promoting visual art projects. Established in 1990 Parker Harris run some of the largest and longest running art projects in the UK in partnership with organisations which include trusts, foundations and corporates. Parker Harris have been advisors to the Natural History Museum on projects including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and on press, marketing and audience development and have been project managers of the Environmental Photographer of the Year. Parker Harris will project manage and lead on press and marketing for Earth Photo, working closely with the project partners and sponsor.

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