The Lesnes Hundred

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Name a tree after someone important to you

The Lesnes Hundred by Eric MacLennan is a socially engaged piece of art offering members of the public the opportunity to name a tree after someone important to them. We’ve always given names to important things in our life, so why not give trees individual names too? Not the names of celebrities or the famous, but the unsung of the community. The people that matter to us.


The Lesnes Hundred celebrates ordinary people who have been ignored by history… teachers; friends; ordinary (or rather extraordinary) people who have done good things without seeking recognition.


As well as celebrating our ‘unsung’, The Lesnes Hundred will give focus to the importance of the environment for our future. Named trees will be more cherished. Trees have always been important to us, we need them now, more than ever, to combat the climate crisis, they’ve inspired poets and painters around the world, and they can even improve our happiness. We care about our trees, so by naming them we will show how we value them.


Earlier this year, (January to May) Artist Eric MacLennan interviewed a hundred members of the public (people of all ages and backgrounds) who all came forward to name a tree in Lesnes Abbey Woods after someone important to them… an unsung hero(ine).


These interviews are now all completed. 


One hundred trees will now be named after these extraordinary people.


This will be known as The Lesnes Hundred.


Their names will be revealed on 12th June 2021

The Lesnes Hundred by Eric MacLennan (currently artist-in-residence at Lesnes Abbey Woods) is co-commissioned by London Bor- ough of Bexley and Metal for Estuary 2021 taking place from 22 May – 13 June 2021.

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