A BIRD enthusiast has been announced as the new Artist-in-Residence at the Yorkshire Arboretum for 2021.

Jonathan Pomroy, from Gilling East, will begin the year-long tenure in the bew year,

Jonathan has been a regular visitor to the arboretum since moving to the area in 2010, with the highlight being the first to see the rare flock of Hawfinches that settled there over the winter in 2017/18.

Working predominantly in watercolour, but also experimenting with oils, charcoal and pencil, Jonathan’s exhibition will emphasise the benefits of observing nature throughout the year.

“I have already been putting the hours in as artist-in-residence,” said Jonathan.

“How could I miss the splendour of autumn?

“I have relished painting the landscapes and getting to know the hidden corners and individual trees.

Jonathan added: “I am keen to heighten awareness of the relationship birds have with trees – the last few weeks have seen many sketching visits, sometimes for Hawfinches, but also Redwings, Fieldfares, Goldcrests and that pine specialist, the Crossbill.”

As part of his residency, Jonathan will engage with visitors through social media and blogging regularly from the arboretum, as well as running small outdoor workshops.

Exhibition dates will be confirmed in the New Year.

An exhibition of the body of work Jonathan produces during his year-long residency will run from September 17 to October 18 2021, featuring original paintings, prints and other merchandise.

The Yorkshire Arboretum is open from 11am to 4pm, every day until November 30.

Admission is £7 for adults, £3.50 for children (12 to 16 years) and £17.50 for families. Under 12s are free.

For more information, visit yorkshirearboretum.org.