Published on Submitted by Leah on Fri, 2014-04-25 15:07
For release Friday 25 April 2014
Today, Friday 25 April, saw the judges of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction reunited in their last official duty, as they travelled to Hainault Forest to plant trees with the Woodland Trust.
In contrast to their meetings during last year’s prize, this gathering saw the group donning their wellington boots and picking up spades to plant 13 saplings in the heart of what was once Henry VIII’s royal hunting forest. These trees will become a living commemoration of the ‘Booker Dozen’ – the 13 titles longlisted for the 2013 prize.
They will be the sixth judging panel to take part in the prize’s ongoing collaboration with the Woodland Trust, providing a symbolic gesture to compensate for the trees felled in order to produce the hundred-plus books submitted for the prize each year.
Robert Macfarlane, who chaired the panel, was joined by: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Natalie Haynes, Martha Kearney and Stuart Kelly.
Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, joined the five judges and added: “Printed books use wood pulp. By planting a grove of trees each year the Man Booker judges are putting something back.”
Hainault Forest is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is being extended by the Woodland Trust to an additional 53 hectares of land. This former hunting forest was created to provide venison for the King’s table in medieval times and is home to large oaks, hornbeam and ash pollards.
Laura Judson, Woodland Trust Head of Regional Development, said: “Our trees and woods have provided inspiration for countless creative works over the years. It’s critical that we protect irreplaceable ancient woods like Hainault Forest, which cover just 2% of the countryside, to provide stimulation for future generations of writers.”
The Trust recently launched a campaign urging Government to increase protection for ancient woodland across the UK, the charity has already received support from over 45,000 members of the public.
For more information about the Woodland Trust visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk. For further information about the prize please visit www.themanbookerprize.com or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/ManBookerPrize.
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For further information about the Man Booker Prize for Fiction please contact: Jane Acton
Tel: 0203 697 4000
For the further information please about the Woodland Trust please contact: Chris Hickman
Tel: 01476 581121
Notes to Editors:
The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250 Index with a market capitalisation of around $1.8 billion. Man is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Man also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. Further information can be found at www.man.com
Blind and partially sighted people can read the entire longlist in braille and giant print; these books are produced by RNIB thanks to funding from generous donors including The Booker Prize Foundation. The Man Group PLC Charitable Trust pays separately for the shortlist to be produced as Talking Books.
The Foundation is also working with the Sound Archive of the British Library on its 'National Life Stories - Authors’ Lives' project by funding archive interviews with authors.
The Trust has three key aims: i) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to its woods is free.
Further news can be found via: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk. All media enquiries: 01476 581121