All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green



If you have arrived at this page by clicking on a link for The Green Man Forum fear not you are in the right place. Dr Colin Harris is a much valued member and friend of The Company of the Green Man and is having a well earned break. We are currently holding his website address for him.

Who is the Green Man? By Dr Colin Harris

The Green Man lives deep within our folklore, customs, myths and legends. We have all seen these curious faces hiding behind leaves in our churches, cathedrals and civic buildings. Perhaps you wonder what they mean? Our problem is that no-one ever wrote down “A Green Man is …. “. The name was created by Lady Raglan in 1939 who realised that these foliate faces weaved together our past and our future even though the oldest are over 3,000 years old and found in all continents.

We need to keep alive the traditions of the Green Man for he is an endangered species. Unless we pass on folklore to future generations it will fade into distant memories.