Found around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities springing up in different cultures throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, or "renaissance," representing the cycle of growth each spring. Carvings representing the Green Man are frequently seen in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical).
The painting was donated by the artist as a memorial to Mike Woodcock, a popular and highly regarded footpath warden. Mike loved the countryside and led monthly walks around Kings Somborne for many years.