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Made within the challenging deadline of only one day, Ruddington-based artist Tristram Aver has produced 1,000 hand-made linocut prints in his home studio to raise funds for two charities close to his heart.

1,000 Native British Trees is a pop-up exhibition at Leicester Print Workshop that will highlight the importance of woodland conservation, but also to show how spending time with nature benefits our health and wellbeing, paying particular attention to those with autism.

Our woodlands are at risk. The UK’s landscape now contains one of Europe’s lowest proportions of woodland: just 13%. Taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health, and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression. It is estimated that at least 1 in 4 people will experience a significant mental health problem per year. This is significantly higher for those with autism, where anxiety disorders are very common.

In 2016, Tristram’s daughter was diagnosed with autism. This project was born after he witnessed how the soothing environment of nature helped her cope with sensory overload; being with nature eased her calm, and helped her communicate more freely, whereas the city is a place of stress, noise, danger and disorientation.

The entire 1,000 prints will be for sale for £10 each online and in a pop-up exhibition at Leicester Print Workshop on 3rd and 4th of November 2018. Tristram aims to raise £10,000 for Autism East Midlands and the Woodland Trust, but also highlight Autism awareness and issues of woodland conservation.

If you would like to purchase one of Tristram’s pieces of artwork or wish to learn more about his artwork then please visit: Tristramaver.com