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  1. Standard 8mm b&w film, transferred to digital, WIP, 2024

    Instances of new growth are recorded at a sycamore tree in Tolpuddle, Dorset. The tree is widely considered a symbol of the birthplace of the trade union movement, when in 1833 the tree was used as a meeting point for six local agricultural labourers to discuss low wages and poor living conditions under their employers. Following deportation to Australia, they became known as the 'Tolpuddle Martyrs'. 

    The tree is frequently pollarded to reduce weight on its branches and encourage crown growth. It is hoped this will increase the tree's lifespan to two centuries more. 

    The film takes its name from one of the marytrs, James Loveless.