A couple of interesting BBC links:
1. Alastair Sooke investigates the so-called “Green Man”:
A mask-like face engulfed in undergrowth, leaves sprouting eerily from his wretched mouth. Sometimes beautiful, often sinister, this mysterious figure – so common in medieval sculpture – is known as ‘the Green Man’.
In his heyday, the Green Man could be found glaring in churches across Europe. Since then, he has permeated folklore, popular culture and literature.
But who is he? And where did he come from? Is he a positive symbol of springtime renewal? Or an image of dereliction and decay – a dark reminder of man’s mortality?
Find out more at the link. The video references a 1978 book on the topic by Kathleen Basford, which is still in print.
2. News from Somerset:
Bath’s Sydney Gardens to be restored
Georgian pleasure gardens which were loved by Jane Austen are among six parks to have been awarded a total of £13.8m in lottery cash.
Sydney Gardens in Bath, which have fallen into decline, have been given £2.74m to help with restoration.
The novelist lived near the park when she moved to the city in 1801.
Other parks to get cash include South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough, Castle Park in Bishop’s Stortford and Ellington Park in Ramsgate.
Fairhaven Lake and Gardens on the Fylde coast and Stevens Park in Quarry Bank, Dudley, have also received Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money.
The Grade II registered Sydney Gardens were designed in the late 18th Century, and became Austen’s local park when she moved to the city.
More at the link.