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Nestled between the River Otter and the Mill stream, you'll find our wildlife conservation area and orchard. This triangular-shaped island is home to our environmental art project, HabitArt.
HabitArt is an innovative exhibition of unusual artworks designed to challenge pre-conceptions about our relationship with the natural world. The exhibits, 8 of them in total, were created for us by a talented bunch of established and emerging artists from Devon in the Spring of 2009. Each exhibit, whilst beautiful and thought-provoking in its own right, also provides micro-habitats for a whole range of wildlife - from invertebrates and amphibians to reptiles, small mammals and plants.
The exhibits include Emma Brogan's sofa made from cob, stones, and turf, Sara Shorney's may bower woven from willow and Bob Budd's 30ft long wall constructed from wire and sheep's wool.
The project has been recognised for its strong environmental message and educational agenda through the award of funding support from the Sustainable Development Fund managed by the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty partnership.
We were honoured to have top BBC TV journalist, author and documentary maker, Andrew Marr, open the exhibition with an inspiring speech extolling the many virtues of environmental art and the strength of the artistic talent in the Southwest.
Since HabitArt is a wildlife conservation area, public access is restricted. The exhibits can be viewed from the path running along the other side of the river. However, we are happy to arrange for group visits or workshops during the week with plenty of notice. Call us on 01395 568521.