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The Lavender Project is the current focus of a long-term conversation between Woodend Barn and The Arts Practice Research Community at Robert Gordon University. Artist Helen Smith, as part of her doctoral research, Understanding Change: Connecting Communities Through the Arts leads this project in relation to the concerns of Woodend Barn into the sustainability of their community of interest and its organization.
Lavender as a metaphor for sustainability
Tim Upson and Susyn Andrews in their comprehensive survey of ‘The Genus Lavandula’ identified a sub species of Lavender, developed by Andrew (Drewie) Inkster, and specific to Banchory as “The only culltivar which proved truly frost-resistant in that area.” (Upson & Andrews. 2004). The discovery of this hardy sub- species as the most northerly growing lavender, at 57°04N, has contributed to a new understanding of the bio-geography of lavender. This intriguing story of the Dee Lavender has become our symbol for sustainability specific to the conditions of Banchory.
The Lavender Project seeks to understand more fully the complete history of the, cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of the Dee lavender by the pioneering company, Ingasetter Limited, as a metaphor for understanding and testing our own organizational sustainability. In addition to this particular history and through an arts perspective we are seeking to explore a set of broader issues using lavender as our focus, including, ecology, horticulture, medical herbalism, bee-keeping, organic -agriculture, entrepreneurship, rural economies and bio-sciences.
A group of 10 people associated in different ways with Woodend Barn have met each month since January 2013 to develop a focus for an arts project that opens up new ways for us to discuss issues around our collective sustainability. How we work collaboratively on the development and production of our project underpins our desire to generate a significant set of critical experiences through which we can achieve our aims.
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Woodend Barn is run by Woodend Arts Limited,
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Woodend Arts Limited is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, Company No. 392079
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