Out of Nature

Out of Nature Sculpture Exhibition

Winds of Change weekend

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October at Newport House

On 16 October 1987 the Great Storm hit South-east England, sending trees crashing into the consciousness of the English nation. An unexpected result was a new generation of chair-makers, spoon-carvers and bowl-turners, who have rediscovered that it is possible to make a living by creating beautiful wooden items, straight from the tree. 

Now, 30 years after the storm, a group of Herefordshire wood-craftspeople are gathering to celebrate this blossoming of their heritage skills. At Out of Nature, visitors will see fresh wood being transformed by hand into spoons, bowls, clogs, chairs, tent pegs and wooden fencing. There will also be a range of talks and discussions on the subject.

Winds of Change programme

Saturday 14 October, 10.30–11.30am
£5 for both morning sessions together

Mike Abbott: Intro to the weekend – The anniversaries of the Great Storm and The Woodland Charter

Glenn Morris (tree surgeon & sculptor): Six Months at 100 Feet: A tree surgeon’s view of the Great Storm

Matt Larsen-Daw (Woodland Trust, lead for The Woodland Charter): The Woodland Charter

Saturday 14 October, 11.45am–1.15pm
Transforming trees, transforming people: A panel discussion chaired by Justin Albert (National Trust) with Matt Larsen-Daw, Rob Penn, Katie Eastaugh (The Cart Shed) and Toby Allen (Say It With Wood and National Coppice Federation)

Tickets available on the door


Saturday 14 October, afternoon

Book signing with Rob Penn and Mike Abbott.

Auction of Glenn Morris sculpture.

Practical green wood craft demos:

Gudrun Leitz – have-a-go pole lathe turning

Mike Abbott – chair-making

Owen Thomas – turning bowls on a pole-lathe

Lewis Goldwater – carving spoons

Jeremy Atkinson – making clogs

Morgan brothers – tent peg makers

Say it with Wood – cleaving chestnut.


Sunday 15 October

Ongoing practical green wood craft demos throughout the day.


Sunday 15 October, 12pm–1pm
Tickets £5

Jackie Morris with Tamsin Abbott: Finding The Lost Words – Rewilding Language

Talk followed by book signing with Jackie Morris.

Tickets available on the door


Sunday 15 October, 2.30pm–4pm
Tickets £5

Archie Miles: New Perspectives of Ancient Trees

Talk followed by book signing with Archie Miles.

Tickets available on the door