In her comic, Lizzie Wood explores the complex feelings one experiences when their sense of identity is closely linked to places being impacted by environmental and industrial shifts. Whether ambling up barren hillsides once covered in woodland or simply walking through town, a mixture of melancholia, homesickness and joy pervades one question: ‘What does it mean to love a tree?’

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A non-comprehensive list of things read:

Smith, A., 1999. Other Stories and Other Stories. Penguin.

Scottish Forestry, 2019. Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-29.

Summers, RW., Mavor, RA., MacLennan, AM., Rebecca, GW., 1999. ‘The structure of ancient native pinewoods and other woodlands in the Highlands of Scotland.Forest Ecology and Management.

Tallack, M., 2020. ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Solastalgia.’ Antlers of Water.

Albrecht, G., 2005. ‘Solastalgia: A New Concept in Health and Identity.’ PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature.

Creator’s biography

Lizzie Wood is a self-taught painter and comic maker based in Inverness. She likes to be out and about, and draws from experiences had in natural spaces, with like-minded folk.