Pathways through the Particular

The Green Man

The Green Man is alive and well and can be found all over the country. These pages suggests where and how to look for him. It is not a comprehensive picture but a series of 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 as Jack in the Green, in Mumming plays and Morris dancing and maybe as the Green George, a relative of St George. Foliate heads can be found in buildings of all kinds inside and out.

In parish churches and cathedrals look for him as a leafy 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 forests, 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 and remains with us as a celebration of the art of the craftsmen, masons & carpenters. Rediscover the Green Man in yourself and do more than Touch Wood : make every tree a wanted tree.

Read about THE GREEN MAN IN TREES AND WOODS

Find GREEN MEN OF ... THE EAST ... THE NORTH ... THE WEST ... THE MIDLANDS ... THE SOUTH or encounter GREEN MEN IN THE PUB

Skip to the WHITE HORSE PATH to read about the STAYING POWER of the Cerne Giant ...

Visit www.commonground.org.uk for TREES, WOODS and the GREEN MAN and GREEN MAN LINKS