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Out of Nature

Out of Nature Sculpture Exhibition

Jules Hudson Talk on Walled Gardens and Lunch

Posted on May 1, 2018

On June 30th Jules Hudson will talk about his book on English walled gardens in general, and the walled garden at Newport House in particular, with a visit of the garden and a light lunch served in the house.

Categories: Garden

Saturday 30th June (10.30am start): The Cart Shed's Literary Lunch at Newport House with Jules Hudson author of recently published Walled Gardens.

Join writer and broadcaster Jules Hudson and hear first hand about his fascinating voyage of discovery around some of Britain s most beautiful and productive walled kitchen gardens.

For centuries, walled gardens have provided a wealth of food, fruit and flowers for our great houses. Beginning as simple medieval enclosures, they evolved into powerful status symbols and centres of world-class horticultural expertise. Yet during the 20th century their fortunes failed, and most were lost or abandoned, as were many of the skills needed to run them. Happily, today many have been revived.

From the fairy-tale enclosure of Knightshayes Court in Devon to the garden that Churchill built by hand at Chartwell in Kent, from the recently revived garden at Blickling in Norfolk to the atmospheric ruins at Plas Newydd in North Wales, and the stunningly restored gardens of Newport House, Walled Gardens is the perfect guide for anyone who shares a fascination for these unique and enchanting spaces.

Well known for presenting the BBC s series Escape to the Country and Countryfile , Jules Hudson is an archaeologist and historian. 

Jules will take guests round the walled garden at Newport House, and guests will be served a sumptuous finger buffet created with some of the wonderful produce grown in Newport House's walled gardens.

Tickets for the talk, tour and lunch are £35.

All profits go to The Cart Shed.

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Wrapping up Out Of Nature 2017

Posted on December 5, 2017

We remember the 2017 show for its autumnal beauty, its delicious wholesome food, and for its increased efforts to raise awareness of the work done by mental health charity The Cart Shed.

After a month of opening to the public, Out Of Nature 2017 closed on 29 October. We welcomed around 4,000 visitors from all over the UK and beyond, who had come to enjoy, see, feel, touch, walk into and in some instances, play on, over 240 sculptures exhibited around the gardens and grounds of Newport House.

Out of Nature’s prime objective was to raise funds for and awareness of The Cart Shed, a charity about which I am passionate and of which I am a trustee. It provides daily evidence of how “just being” outdoors in a safe and embracing human environment allows the body and the mind to restore, refresh and manage debilitating mental health conditions such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance misuse and anxiety.

Images from the exhibition linger on - of sculptures coming alive in the autumn light, of cosiness and yummy, wholesome food in the food tent, and of enriching encounters with visitors.

The garden and the sculptures brought awe and wonder. They were a portal into a natural world that is stunningly beautiful, nurturing, embracing.

Visitors commented that it was “inspiring”, “uplifting”, “breath taking”. Even on the rainy, chilly days.

It was heartening to see so many people of different ages, backgrounds and views share the experience: we live in a wonderful natural world, and it is there for us to dip into whenever we need it. Be it through delicious fruit and vegetables, the scent of flowers or dead leaves, through a walk outside with the dog… or through days at The Cart Shed.

We raised around £5,000, increased awareness of The Cart Shed, enrolled many new volunteers and continued to develop community understanding around the impact of poor mental health and what can be done to support those who live with it. What the implications of this experience are is yet unclear. But warm memories stay in one’s mind for a long time, like a teddy bear that can be pulled out when needed. Connections have been made.

May that awe, wonder and trust in natural processes be integrated into our lives more and more!

Jenny Watt
Newport House, November 2017


Looking back on Out of Nature 2017 Looking back on Out of Nature 2017


Heartfelt thanks to:

Some highlights:

  • Our events brought in people from different areas, with a different buzz every time. You can get a flavour of the activities on offer here:
  • Garden historian Kate FeluĊ? spoke of the history of Newport House and its people: find out more about her book on the subject.
  • Sculptor Mark Richards took part in a conversation with Richard Heatly on what drives his work, in a talk initiated by the Powys Art Fund.
  • Mike Abbott and Gudrun Leitz organized a “Winds of Change” weekend on the warmest weekend of the month, with demonstrations of green wood craft and talks about how to manage woods and why. They invited some of their friends, such as writer Rob Penn, writer and photographer Archie Miles, and illustrator Jackie Morris, to talk about their work. Jackie spoke about her latest book “The Lost Words”, illustrated by her and written by Robert Macfarlane, celebrating and reinstating the ‘lost words’ that have been recently taken out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary, such as acorn and conker. It sold out within three weeks of publication.
  • Watch a video of the show! Out Of Nature seen from the air.


 Looking back on Out of Nature 2017


Out of Nature inspires photographers

Posted on November 21, 2017

Top UK garden photographer Clive Nichols had two hours of good light when he came in early September.

Photo by Clive Nichols   Photo by Clive Nichols

Photo by Clive Nichols  Photo by Clive Nichols  Photo by Clive Nichols

Photo by Clive Nichols


Nanette Hepburn has been a professional photographer for 10 years, after working on BBC documentaries.

Photo by Nanette Hepburn  Photo by Nanette Hepburn

Photo by Nanette Hepburn  Photo by Nanette Hepburn

Photo by Nanette Hepburn


Andrew Legge is project manager at Newport House; he oversaw the refurbishment and building of the green houses, dove cote, library, parquet flooring, wooden panels in the billiard room and much more. He’s also a photographer in his free time.

Photo by Andrew Legge  Photo by Andrew Legge


Sean Crawford has a demanding job as adviser for the Government on rural issues, but sees himself foremost as a photographer and lover of the great outdoors.

Photo by Sean Crawford  Photo by Sean Crawford

Photo by Sean Crawford  Photo by Sean Crawford

Photo by Sean Crawford  Photo by Sean Crawford

Photo by Sean Crawford


John English is a friend of artist Ed Elliot.

Photo by John English  Photo by John English

Photo by John English  Photo by John English

Photo by John English


Jenny Watt is organiser of Out Of Nature. As she lives on site she could rush outdoors every time there was an opportunity for a photo.

Photo by Jenny Watt  Photo by Jenny Watt

Photo by Jenny Watt  Photo by Jenny Watt


Retired Royal Navy officer and Cart Shed volunteer Phil Morris enthusiastically manned the Cart Shed pop up site during every weekend of Out Of Nature. This photo of his grand-daughter captures wonderfully the sense of wonder inspired by the sculptures.

Photo by Phil Morris

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