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Moorwood Art, Bruton

Moorwood Art, just outside of Bruton, are hosting their summer exhibition which starts 25th June until 2nd July. There will be small and large scale works displayed across the beautiful grounds and house. I am pleased to have three small works on show. My pieces can stand alone or be used suspended, potentially as original…

Natural healing through L3

From 11th February this year, for seven weeks, I led a second ‘Woodland for Wellbeing’ course at Hallr Woods near Somerton. This was a project organised and funded by Ace Arts and Somerset Community Foundation. The aim of the project was to act as a mental wellbeing support group using art and nature through the…

Exciting shade

Yesterday I had a meeting at ‘The Newt in Somerset‘, an exciting new garden and destination local to me. The garden opened two years ago but has continued to evolve with all sorts of exciting new areas to visit on this vast site. Walking up the long winding board walk, I was struck by all…

First Zoom talk

Last night I delivered my ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ talk on Zoom for the first time to Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society. It was a bit nerve wracking as I would prefer to see who I am talking to, to gauge reactions and involve the audience in the talk rather than ‘talk to myself’ and have to…

The value of woodland

I used to own and manage 10 acres of ancient woodland on the edge of the South Downs. Working in the wood (coppicing and hedge laying) was a completely immersive experience and extremely hard work but it filled me with joy and wonder as well as teaching me so much about nature and ecology. This…

Autumn

The colours are changing in the landscape, patches of vivid green meadows broken up by an intricate network of golden brown hedgerows and woodlands. My garden is looking rather windswept but the Verbena bonariensis, Dahlias, Sedum and Salvias continue to add colour punctuated by red from the Crataegus x lavallei ‘Carrierei’ and Rosa moyseii berries…

Press Release Open studios 2020

“INTO THE LIGHT” After a period of uncertainty and isolation, two local artists are emerging from the darkness with an exhibition celebrating light as part of Somerset Art Works Open Studios 2020. Angela Morley (garden designer, willow sculptor and ceramicist) and Joanna Briar (printmaker) are creating a pop-up studio at Pilton Cider on the Anglo-Trading…

Charles Dowding July Newsletter

It is a bit of a cheat but I thought I would share Charles’ July newsletter. I found the opening paragraph particularly interesting: “The rate of plant growth in a July day equates to two days in August, 4 days in September and a week in October”. My squash plants have been growing at an…