Noticing Nature at Arundells

Throughout my time working on the Noticing Nature project I’ve met and worked with participants in a range of outdoor settings, from front and back gardens to parks, front doorsteps, summerhouses, conservatories and a greenhouse.

Last week Arundells (in the Salisbury Cathedral Close) kindly hosted a Noticing Nature workshop in a marquee in their garden, and the free places advertised locally were quickly booked up.

Perhaps best known as the home of Sir Edward Heath, Arundells ‘… was originally a medieval canonry, with the first recorded occupant being Henry of Blunston, Archdeacon of Dorset, who lived here from 1291 until his death in 1316.’

According to the Arundells website the garden ‘…was redesigned in 1985 to Sir Edward’s wishes and much of the garden has remained unchanged over the intervening years. There is an interesting range of trees, including Mulberry, Magnolia, Yew, Liquidambar, Davidia and Birch. Two particular features are the spectacular views of Salisbury Cathedral and the tranquil frontage to the confluence of two rivers – the Avon and the Nadder.’

Around 15 people met to explore the gardens and used a range of media to record what they discovered there, both garden structures and plants, and talked over coffee and biscuits about art, wildlife and gardening.

Included here are a few photographs and quotes from the day.

It’s been a really lovely afternoon, I’ve never drawn or painted outside before, it makes you realise what’s possible.

workshop participant

 I can use these techniques with my grandchildren, I’ve got all the stuff at home but didn’t know what to do with it.

workshop participant

To find out more about Celebrating Age Wiltshire visit the CAW web pages. To work in partnership with CAW by offering a venue for a workshop or performance, or to refer someone to take part in the Noticing Nature project please contact Celebrating Age Wiltshire Support at

Published by James Aldridge

Visual Artist and Consultant, working and playing with people and places. Based in Wiltshire, UK

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