The control of this collection of 33 objects was relinquished to members of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. Participants of a volunteering group were invited to select a natural object they found interesting, writing why on accompanying slips of paper.
The result is a collection of leaves, lichen, berries, rocks and flowers. Spindle fruit were chosen because they brought ‘winter bling’ to the forest, cross-leaved heather picked due to its appeal to the rare silver-studded blue butterfly and a rock chosen simply for its ‘lovely shape’.
Although: 3 of the 33 have been faked, made from paper, plaster and paint, and slipped into the overall collection. Viewers were asked to spot the fakes.