Wild Land Art at Red House

A mother and child taking part in Land Art sessions in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire

Red House is opening its doors on August Bank Holiday Monday for a craft event with a twist.

Wallpaper, 'Trellis', designed by William Morris in 1862, and incorporating birds drawn by Philip Webb / NT 1213907
William Morris 'Trellis' Wallpaper
Wallpaper, 'Trellis', designed by William Morris in 1862, and incorporating birds drawn by Philip Webb / NT 1213907

Morris and Nature


William Morris used the natural beauty of nature’s growth to inspire his incredible designs. The garden at Red House served as his muse for his first wallpaper design: Trellis. The garden was designed by Morris and Phillip Webb to complement the house’s design with “garden rooms” separated by trellis and climbing roses. Sitting at his desk in his studio, William Morris gazed down at these garden rooms and thus one of the most famous of his designs was born. We want you to help us use the very same spot of these trellis-lined garden rooms to recreate his creativity in a new way

The garden well at Red House, Bexleyheath
The garden well at Red House
The garden well at Red House, Bexleyheath


Land Art


Get together in groups or fly solo, but come and help us create a large piece of art and craft on the grassy canvas of the Red House lawn. We’ll be gathering nature (pinecones, leaves, hazel sticks) to use as your art supplies so that we stay true to William Morris’ natural vision of artistic beauty. A cumulative effort, add to the art made before you to produce a finished piece designed by a community of visitors to Red House.


View your work from the Studio, the same spot where William Morris designed Trellis 150 years ago.

Family activity in the woodland
Family art activity in the woods
Family activity in the woodland


Get the kids involved too, as this counts as one of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾!


If you’d like to help us out with collecting natural materials for the event, we’d be grateful for donations of appropriately sourced materials from mid-August onwards.