The Green Man (off the top of my head - will get references to it tonight) is a figure from English folklore, associated with the forest - not as a forester but as almost a 'force of nature' who/which can control the trees and plants. His appearance is of a barky-leafy figure. I believe he is comparable to John Barleycorn, who is more commonly associated with agriculture.
There is a shop in Pickering (North Yorkshire) called 'The Green Man' which specialises in artwork and lore to do with the Green Man. You may also remember a drama/horror series several years ago with Albert Finney called The Green Man, where the forest entangled various people in its roots, twigs and branches, and managed to scare me witless for several weeks (I think I was about 12 at the time!). I wasn't brave enough to watch the entire series so I don't know what happened in the end.
>"Green Man" is a very common pub name, usually representing a forester,
>whose traditional garb was green (like Robin Hood). During the sweeps'
>revels on May Day, a boy would move about concealed in a framework covered
>in leaves or boughs; he was known as a Jack-in-the-green and may also have
>been the "model" for inn signs.
>A possible explanation for the pub sign is that the arms of the Distillers
>Company were supported by two Indians, but sign painters usually substituted
>foresters or green men drinking out of a glass barrel.
>I'm afraid that's all I can find on my limited reference shelf, but I hope
>you find it interesting.
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