When paths on the way to school or the station become strewn with the horse chestnuts, conkers and acorns, you know autumn is on its way and tree planting season is right around the corner.
Britain's generally mild damp climate is kind to trees, they grow magnificently here. We have more trees per sq. acre than any other country in Europe! Our new Trees & Leaves patterns were designed to celebrate and acknowledge our great trees. Have you noticed the winged fruit of the sycamores, or the intricate cones of the Scott Pine? Or spotted nesting birds in the Hawthorn tree and marvelled at an incredibly old Oak?
Trees & Leaves
The designs were developed, almost solely, by real life observations of trees and leaves. Our design team created sketches and artwork by taking a close look at some of their favourite trees, experimenting with colour as well as large and small scales. After working up a pattern, the team moved onto styling, looking at how the pattern could be sponged on the full collection of pottery shapes and textile pieces, playing with layout and colourways.
Watercolour Illustration above: Scots Pine.
Watercolour Illustration above: Acorns and Oak Leaves
Watercolour Illustration above: Horse Chestnut.
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Watercolour Illustration above: The Common Lime Tree.
Let’s get to grips with our long relationship with these magnificent beings - perhaps by making a special tree trip; to the ancient oaks at Blenheim or Windsor, where there are trees so venerable that Queen Elizabeth the First is said to have sat beneath them.
We should make friends with the trees in our neighborhood, not least in case we need to reason with contractors keen to clear them away for more development! (if you're in London you can consult the London Tree Map...)
Discover The London Tree Map which shows the locations and species information for over 880,000 of London's street trees, but also some trees in parks and other open spaces.Read More
'Might oaks from tiny acorns grow'. Read our guide on how to grow a tree from seed at home.Read More
Discover our Trees & Leaves collection
When did you last take a good look up at the trees?Shop collection