About the Loving Your Landscape Events

The Loving Your Landscape event series at Doddington Hall is a celebration of wild landscapes and an exploration of research into rewilding and the ambitious Wilder Doddington project. The Loving Your Landscape events are supported by funding from the Natural Environment Research Council

These events are part of a wider collaboration between Doddington Hall and Gardens and the University of Lincoln, where Lincoln researchers are teaming up with Doddington Hall to investigate what happens as they begin the transition from an agricultural, managed landscape to a self-managed, more natural ecosystem.

To find out more about the Wilder Doddington project, please visit their website

Loving Your Landscape Events – Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th February 2022

*IMPORTANT UPDATE*

Our “Sounds of Doddington” and “Connecting with The Wild” events will be adversely affected by the severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office, due to storm Eunice. Please follow the links below to the individual Eventbrite pages for more up-to-date details.

Wilder Illustration: Ecology and Inspiration

A thought-provoking exhibit of illustrations created by University of Lincoln Illustration students, inspired by ecology at Doddington

16th-20th February 2022 | 09:00-16:00, daily | Doddington Hall Wagon Shed

All of the artworks in the Wilder Illustration exhibition have been produced by final year students of the Illustration BA (Hons) course at the University of Lincoln. The students were asked to respond to the challenge of how to visually communicate the ethos behind the Wilder Doddington project; the transition from an agricultural, managed landscape to a self-managed, wilder ecosystem.

In their work, the students have depicted not only the landscape and the iconic Hall itself, but some of the key species expected to return during the rewilding process; from the smallest soil dwellers to the large mammals and of course, how we, humanity, can benefit in our own wellbeing from being in amongst it all.

The Sounds of Doddington

Join researchers for this hands-on workshop where you’ll get to help create a living sound archive for the Wilder Doddington project.

17th and 18th February 2022| 10:00-11:00 & 14:00-15:00, each day | Doddington Hall Stable Yard
 

When was the last time you stopped and listened to the world around you? When we stand still in nature, in a city or even in our own homes, we begin to hear all sorts of new and unexpected sounds.

Led by research Martin Scheuregger from the University of Lincoln, this hands-on workshop will show you how “stopping and listening” can be a calming and mindful activity and introduce you to ways that you can use your mobile phone to capture the sound of any environment. You’ll also get the opportunity to become a sound specialist and carry out your own field recordings using specialist microphones to capture hidden, detailed sounds of the Doddington environment.

By taking part in this workshop, you will also be contributing to a new living archive of the sounds of Doddington, which will help form part of how researchers from the University of Lincoln measure and react to the changes in the area over the years to come as Doddington Hall embarks on its mission to bring more wildlife to its grounds.

Connecting with The Wild

A guided walk through the wilds of Doddington Hall exploring how being in nature and our connectedness to it can impact our wellbeing.

18th February 2022 | 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 dog friendly, 12:30-13:15 & 13:30-14:15 no dogs | Doddington Hall Stable Yard

How does being out in nature make you feel? Whether you get out once in a while to spend time with friends, or your regular dog walking takes you to the park every single day, we all have a unique relationship with nature and the outdoors. Many of us have heard about how being in nature is good for us, but how exactly does the natural world, and our connectedness to it, really impact our wellbeing?

Join researchers Laetitia Marechal & Bonaventura (Bino) Majolo from the University of Lincoln on an interactive, guided walk across the Doddington estate while exploring what we as humans get from being outside in nature. During these 45 minute walks, you’ll be introduced to some of the science behind the Wilder Doddington rewilding project, and you’ll get the chance to chat with real researchers about some of the latest psychology research on mental wellbeing and how it may affect your daily life. All participants will also be given the chance to contribute directly to real research by completing a short questionnaire about your experiences of the outdoors and your wellbeing.

Many of us enjoy spending time outdoors with our four-legged friends, especially when we come to walk in places like Doddington. So, we have 2 sessions especially for dog walkers and general dog fans. If you’re more of a cat person, then we’ve got you covered with 2 human-only walks too.

Rewilding Around The Table

You’re invited to a lunch like no other! An interactive performance with food and conversation, exploring ecology and rewilding.

18th February 2022 | 13:00-14:00 | Doddington Hall Wagon Shed
 

This performance event takes the form of a sociable, lunch-time party where the conversation around the table is focused on the stories of your location.

Located in Doddington Hall’s Wagon Shed, this lunch party with a difference invites food for thought from all those at its table. Artist-researchers Dr Alice Bell and Dr Steve Fossey will serve you fresh soup and bread, made from foraged greens, home-grown vegetables and other locally sourced ingredients as they lead the conversation with the guests around the table.

All guests are invited to bring with them something of significance regarding Doddington Hall, such as a leaf, photograph or memory, through which the artists will instigate a conversation and bring you in as collaborators in the performance. Through a combination of structured conversations and improvised dialogue, those around the table will debate, discuss, explore and exchange ideas and thoughts about ecology, rewilding and more.

The intention of ‘Rewilding Around The Table’ is to reveal how creative processes of coming together to share food and thought, can produce a body of material for eco-thinking.