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Fragile Nature Exhibition

a person in a meadow looking at yellow and purple flowers with painting materials

Extended dates, now open until Friday 2 February 2024

The exhibition highlights wild plants that are at risk of extinction and explores the relationship between art and nature conservation.

Born out of Lisa Gardner’s time as Plantlife’s first artist in Residence, where she explored the rugged coast of the Highlands to the road verges of Kent, visiting some of the rarest plants in the UK. At the exhibition you can see paintings, film, sketchbooks, and postcards of Lisa’s life-changing magical artistic journey.

Tuesday – Thursday : 9:30 – 18:00
Friday: 9:30 – 12:00

Artist

A Botanical Art Journey

Read more about Lisa’s Journey in this blog

Restore Nature Now: Take Action for Wild Plants and Climate

On 28 September, join Plantlife as we stand united alongside communities, world-leading experts and charities to ask our elected representatives, current and aspiring, to restore nature now.

Twinflower on the woodland floor with sunshine behind

Humans have put the planet on a path to a warmer world and now face urgent and interlinked climate and biodiversity crisis.

It is critical that world leaders strengthen not weaken green pledges and display meaningful climate leadership.

Healthy wild plants, fungi & other wildlife species and habitats provide essential solutions to the climate crisis and increasing resilience.

With 2/5 of the world’s wild plants at risk of extinction and only 3% of UK wildflower meadows surviving compared to 100 years ago, Plantlife are calling for ambitious action now.

Join us in speaking up for wild plants and climate

On 28 September, join Plantlife as we ask our elected representatives, current and aspiring, to restore nature now.

We come together united alongside nature lovers, environmental groups, No Mow May-ers, young people, change-makers and world-leading experts to push for ambitious action for climate and nature.

MEET : Defra Seacole Building, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF (entrance Great Peter Street)

TIME : 28 September 8am-2pm

NEED TO KNOW : We will be celebrating the wild places and species we love; people, placards, flags, colour, costumes, speeches and music at the place where our united voice needs to be heard.

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In 2023 the Dynamic Dunescapes Project, the Ucheldre and Wild Elements CIC joined forces. The goal? To help Anglesey visitors and residents discover the sand dunes of Rhosneigr, through art. Working together, a programme of activity days has taken place throughout the year, and two films have been produced.

Visit the exhibition to see the works created as well as other arts projects that have taken place as part of the Dynamic Dunescapes project in North Wales.

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Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Additional event information

All are welcome and you can drop into the exhibit anytime during opening hours, but why not pair your visit with one (or more!) of the following:

  • 16/09 Dune-inspired Children’s art club sessions (book via Ucheldre website ‘classes’ page – £2 fee)
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