Nature Studies

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Shell created a series of beautifully painted educational nature guides. In 1958, Shell commissioned artist Stanley Roy Badmin to paint a series called The Shell Guide to Trees and Shrubs. This series contains images of trees and shrubs for each month of the year.

When the blossom of spring has passed, it’s the turn of the soft, green leaves to take centre stage outdoors. Badmin’s paintings capture how this leaf green palette dominates the landscape between late May and June. It is a brief period before the final colourful explosion of summer blooms.

It essential for our well being that we get out amongst nature (whilst of course maintaining appropriate social distancing). When you are out why not take some time to notice how the trees signal this fleeting change in the seasons.

You can download a copy of our Tree Trail Quiz sheet   which includes the Shell Guide to June Trees, and take a look at some of the tree and shrub paintings by Badmin. Then take the quiz to see if you can identify the leaves. Many of the native and non-native trees pictured can be found in parks and forests in the UK and also here in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu where our collection is cared for.

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website