Great Oaks from little Acorns grow

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow is the Oak Project’s second public art commission in its 2021 programme by Manchester-based artist Charlotte Smithson at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London from 21 – 26 September 2021.

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow presents nature’s fragile beauty and invites you to reflect upon your part in creating a new and closer relationship with nature. 

The installation considers the vital role of plants as our life support system and in return, our vital role to protect them. The sculpture will be a carefully curated botanical installation of suspended glassware, containing organically grown plants, recycled laboratory glassware and compostable biomaterials.

The piece responds to the University of Derby’s five pathways to nature connectedness: using beauty and meaning to create an emotional response from the  viewers. To encourage contact and instill an improved compassion for nature.

Take a moment

​​It starts with a moment. A moment to notice and connect, to grow a new relationship with nature based on uniting human and nature’s wellbeing.

Connect to nature wherever you are with our audio-visual meditation, voiced by poet, writer and activist, Zena Edwards. The meditation was scripted by the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby.

Take action

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow is part of The Great Big Green Week – a nation-wide event shining a light on the British public’s appetite for action on the nature and climate emergency. It aims to set the stage for high-ambition when the UK hosts an international climate summit in November. We are calling on politicians to raise their ambition and champion urgent action this year. Sign the declaration here.

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Artist Charlotte Smithson said, ‘In a mutually symbiotic relationship between two organisms, both parties benefit from one another. Through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the medicines that heal us, humans are inextricably linked to plants, but because we have become disconnected from nature, we’re often guilty of taking, but not giving back. It is vital we redress that balance. This piece is not just a comment on the environmental crises. This is a call to action.

Read our full interview with Charlotte Smithson here.

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow will be exhibited within the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 21-26 September 2021. The exhibit is sponsored by the Oak Project and the University of Derby.