My Green Man page
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things
new.” And He said to me, “Write, for
these words are true and faithful.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
The first Green Man carving I saw (noticed) was on a back
doorway arch of the Dunfermline Cathedral (
While I lived in
‘Treeman’ by Cemre Ozkurt.
Photos taken 16 June, 2011.
A series of three pictures showing the carved Greenman images at Dunfermline Abbey’s West entrance.
Photos taken 19 June, 2011.
Five carved greenmen are visible.
Kingsley Amis wrote a book called The Green Man
(1969). This has also been made into a
TV mini-series by BBC in 1990 or thereabouts.
Look for it in the
“The Green Man” by Sandy Sykes for Common Ground
Text on back:
Where will you find him? How will you look?
Only ever expect to see glimpses as befits
his enigmatic character.
You may know him as the Green Knight or
Robin Hood, you will still see him around May
Day leafy as Jack in the Green or horned like
dancing, or as the Green George a relative of
He can be found on buildings of all kinds –
inside and out – from the offices and houses
In parish church and cathedral look for him
as a foliate head in roof bosses, on the tops
of capitals, on corbels, tympanum, on tombstones,
misericords and bench ends in the choir stalls,
cloisters, over doorways and in chapter houses.
However you see him, as a benign spirit,
guardian of the female forest; symbol of new
life and hope in spring; a signifier of
regeneration, you will feel his presence in
our ancient woods and forests such as Wyre,
Wistmans and Sherwood. He has been our
cultural companion for millennia, reminding us
of our close relationship with nature.
Rediscover the Green Man in yourself
and do more than Touch Wood,
Make every tree a wanted tree.
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