17/4: From boggy to ornamental

My latest drawing is from Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, London.

It’s an ornamental woodland that looks amazing at this time of year. You feel completely cut off from the world once you’re inside.

The name of the Plantation is more than likely a corruption of ‘isabel‘ which is a 15th century word meaning greyish yellow or dingy, referring to the colour of the soil in this part of the park.

The land here used to be boggy open land. Now there’s a rich variety of plants, bushes and trees covering both the floor and surrounding paths. It’s an idyllic place in any weather.