Beautiful artwork made of wood harvested from Greenwich Royal Park is set to be auctioned off for charity.

The collection will be at the Greenwich Gallery, just off Royal Hill, and will be open from today (October 30) through to November 7.

The funds will go to Freedom from Torture, the UK-based charity dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors.

Local artist Michael Maisey came up with the idea for this unusual auction after discovering plans to cut down one of the Royal Park’s 300-year-old sweet chestnut trees.

Park staff agreed to donate wood from the felled tree, which Michael distributed to 15 of the UK’s most prominent and successful woodturners.

They have created a collection of 40 unique wooden artworks, ranging from elegant bowls and vases to more abstract forms.

Michael Maisey said: “As soon as I saw these beautiful pieces of wood I was sure we must do something special with them.

“I know that many people who love Greenwich Royal Park will be keen to own something special made from a Greenwich Park tree, and I’m very grateful to the Park staff and woodturners who have donated their time and energy to help support the vital work of Freedom from Torture.”