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`Urban Forest’ photography exhibition opens at Ness Gardens

`Urban Forest', a photography exhibition that explores the 'greening' of the urban environment, has opened at the University of Liverpool's Ness Gardens.

The exhibition by professional photographers, McCoy Wynne, features young trees often planted to improve urban areas struggling to survive against threats such as pollution and vandalism.

The photographs focus on the dichotomy of the trees' apparent vulnerability and their tenacity in a busy cityscape. The exhibition also highlights the differences between the 'Natural' forest and the manufactured 'Urban' forest.

Photographer Stephen McCoy said: "We were keen to exhibit at Ness Gardens because the contrast between the managed landscape at Ness and the managed landscape of tree-planting on the streets raises awareness of the plight of some urban trees.

"Many of the photographs in the`Urban Forest' exhibition show trees under siege in a sometimes hostile environment and this contrasts with the well looked after species at Ness Gardens."
 
The exhibition continues McCoy Wynne's longstanding concerns with environmental issues, landscape and the depiction of Liverpool and the Merseyside region.

`Urban Forest' is on display at Ness Gardens until 30 March and is open to the public every day from 10am until 4pm.

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Editor Notes:

1. McCoy Wynne is a commercial photography partnership supplying professional and creative photography to clients in the UK and internationally. Established in 1997 by photographers Stephanie Wynne and Stephen McCoy, the company has built up a wide client base, including advertising and design agencies, direct clients, government departments and multinational companies. In addition, the partnership has exhibited widely in Liverpool, nationally and in Europe.