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The National Trust’s Hardwick Hall

April 29, 2013

The National Trust's Hardwick Hall

The orchards at Hardwick are starting to come to life this week, I have been painting the unfurling leaves and some of the first blossoms which have started to appear on a damson tree. Some visitors have taken the opportunity to sketch the orchards with the art materials I bring along with me which is wonderful. I will be displaying these in my Pop up ‘Blossom Studio’ next weekend.
I had a truly inspirational weekend at the’ Flourish’ conference in London where they have launched the ‘Save Childhood Movement’ concerns have been raised on the changing nature of family and community life, looking at the effects of digital technology, the commercial influences of the media and the impact on children’s well -being. Research has shown children’s outdoor play has decreased dramatically and that things need to be done to reconnect adults and children with nature. Outdoor physical play has a vital role in the physical, social and emotional development of young children. There are some brilliant projects which are starting to address the concerns.
The Blossom project is my way to encourage people to go outdoors, stop, take time to look
and appreciate the beauty of blossom, celebrate the natural beauty on our doorsteps.
Please take time to enjoy your blossoms whilst they are here, it is only a short time!
Post your blossom photos or drawings, I’d love to see them.
Or come to my Pop up ‘Blossom Studio’ at National Trust’s Hardwick Hall
Sat 4th,Sun 5th and Mon 6th May 10-5pm,The South Gazebo, Hardwick Hall gardens.
Garden ticket Prices;
Family £15,adult £8,child£3

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