STAFF and visitors at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton, have created a giant lino print to celebrate Batsford’s conservation work with the International Conifer Conservation Programme.

Gloucestershire Printmaking Cooperative have been on hand to give short lino printing demonstrations to anyone wishing to get involved.

The giant print includes a monkey puzzle tree – ‘Araucaria araucana’ - which is native to Chile, where it has become endangered.

Batsford works with the International Conifer Conservation Programme to help prevent endangered trees such as these from becoming extinct, by planting young saplings and allowing the trees to grow safely in the Arboretum.

There are eight monkey puzzle trees growing at Batsford.

Lino printing is a form of fine art printing where a design is cut into a lino surface using special tools.

The lino is then inked, a piece of paper placed over it, and then run through a printing press or pressure applied by hand to transfer the ink to the paper.