The Green Man is a traditional representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines often sprout from the mouth or nostrils. Green Man carvings are found on buildings, particularly churches. The Green Man is often interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring.
In Hastings, the Jack in the Green Festival is an annual event that takes place on May Day Monday and attracts thousands of people every year. It centres on the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green and culminates in a wild costumed parade. The Jack in the Green parade begins at the Fishermen’s Museum in Rock a Nore Road, close to Flushed. The parade travels through the Old Town then finishes on the West Hill, with traditional folk dancing and music. The festival culminates with the slaying of Jack, to release the spirit of summer for the year ahead.
At Flushed we are pleased to stock a range of Green Man heads in different sizes. They look great hanging on a garden wall.