Farnham Heath is teeming with not just wildlife this summer, with the Heathland Artworks Trail bringing bouts of creativity to the nature reserve.
Since June 23, the popular heathland, part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been filled a wide variety of artworks, created by craft, design and fine art students from the degree and masters courses at the University of the Creative Arts.
With a series of 12 pieces taking inspiration from the local wildlife, flora and history of the area, visitors can enjoy various woodcuts, fossils, glass pieces and sculptures while embarking on a scenic circular walk around the Heath.
For those who might enjoy a slightly longer stroll, the viewpoint in the heart of the woodland offers fantastic views over the forest, as well as Walter Bailey’s House of Invisible Hands, a tribute to the labourers who shaped Surrey’s remarkable landscape.
The Surrey Hills Arts are also offering guided tours of the surrounding artworks, as part of the new Heathlands Connections project supported by Natural England which was announced last month.
The project will see a further focus on restoring the local wildlife and ensuring the extension and protection of our valuable heathlands.
The Heathland Artworks Trail runs every year in collaboration with the RSPB, which manages the heath.
The trail is free to the public and open at all times, and is a fantastic way to enjoy the natural landscape through a unique, artistic lens.