Conversation and Laughter at Goodson Lodge, Trowbridge

We’ve just come to the end of a block of three sessions at Goodson Lodge Residential Care Home in Trowbridge. Goodson Lodge includes a dedicated dementia care unit, and is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust. All of our sessions focus on the process of noticing the natural world, and responding creatively.Continue reading “Conversation and Laughter at Goodson Lodge, Trowbridge”

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,Continue reading “Noticing Nature at Arundells”

Togetherness

Noticing Nature is all about exploring and strengthening connections, between participants and their local environment, between them and me, and now that we are working with groups again, between the members of each group. Recently I returned to work with one of the almshouses in Salisbury, about 6 months after my first visit. Building onContinue reading “Togetherness”

Heading into Spring

It’s been a while since I posted on here, and in the meantime the Noticing Nature project has been growing on into 2022. Originally planned to come to and end last year, demand from participants and referrers, and support from our funders has meant that the project has been able to continue through the Winter.Continue reading “Heading into Spring”

The Shape of the Project

The majority of Noticing Nature participants have three sessions, one a week for three weeks. In the first session it’s very much about meeting and getting to know each other. I’m very aware that for some people having a stranger (me) come to meet, talk and make with them in their gardens is a newContinue reading “The Shape of the Project”

Making a Start Together

It’s been brilliant to get started on the Noticing Nature project sessions, after launching the project with the online resource pack and film a couple of weeks ago. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working with four different participants in the north-west of the county, two men and two women. Together we’ve beenContinue reading “Making a Start Together”

Introducing James Aldridge, our Project Artist

To help you get to know James we have asked him to introduce himself and his work… I’m a visual artist based in Wiltshire – I live in a village near Devizes and have my studio nearby in the Vale of Pewsey. My work as an artist focuses on people’s relationship to place and howContinue reading “Introducing James Aldridge, our Project Artist”