Reciprocity Forest at Dalby Forest

Reciprocity Forest by Dr Joanna Sperryn-Jones, 2022

Introducing Reciprocity Forest - an exciting new augmented reality (AR) artwork app that explores trees and our relationship to them. The app enables you to follow three specially-designed virtual leaf trails through the forest using your mobile and listen to the curious narratives about the trees. This enables us to have a whole new appreciation of trees and experience the forest in a new light.

At Adderstone Field, you can also design your own leaves for the virtual Reciprocity Forest which will appear in real time. Time to get creative!

Designed by artist Dr Joanna Sperryn-Jones, this project is part of a larger research initiative to increase our understanding of how Augmented Reality (AR) apps could be used to change the way we perceive our surroundings, encourage us to spend more time outdoors and increase wellbeing.

Due to the rural location of the site we strongly recommend that you download the app prior to visiting, via Google Play Store or Apple App Store

Location and Visitor Information

*The Reciprocity Forest App should be downloaded prior to arrival at the forest*

There are three sites within the forest where you can follow the augmented reality trails through the app. The Pexton trail is approx. half a mile into the forest after you pass the entrance barriers. Staindale Lake is approx. 4 miles in to the forest – pass the Visitor Centre and follow the road until you see signs for the car park. Adderstone is approx. 5 miles in to the forest – pass the Visitor Centre, pass the lake and keep following the road until you see the signs for the car park.

Click here for the Pexton Moor trail what3words.

Click here for the Staindale Lakeside trail what3words.

Click here for the Adderstone Rigg trail what3words.

Artist Biography

Dr Joanna Sperryn-Jones is a sculptor and Lecturer in Fine Art at Coventry University. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally and has published several book chapters and expositions on breaking, artistic research, sculpture and risk-taking in art and extreme sports.  She is one of the lead organisers of SelfScapes which has been developed with Dalby Forest, Forestry England. Her work with SelfScapes in addition to her explorations in virtual reality were the starting point for the augmented reality app ‘Reciprocity Forest’. 


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Useful Information

Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT
The augmented reality trails are available to use every day and are outdoors, Staindale Lake trail is wheelchair accessible.
Pexton Trail = Haygate Car Park | Lakeside Trail = High Staindale Car Park | Adderstone = Adderstone Field Car Park
Nearest trail: Pexton Moor trail | Lakeside trail | Adderstone Rigg trail
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Art Map reference : Number 2