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Planted Country at Stourhead

Stourhead's Planted Country event
Stourhead's Planted Country event | © National Trust/Betsy Ogilvie

On 9-11 June Planted Country, in partnership with the National Trust, presents sustainable design, a high-calibre talks programme, nature-based workshops and a botanical market.

Get the Planted Country app

The Planted Country mobile app is your official guide for three days of nature based design; plan your visit in advance by downloading the Planted Country event app via Apple Store or Google Play.

This app lists all the events, revolving around the Planted Unearthed talks, and including the Verve Festival workshops, Kitchen Garden talks and Children's programme.

What is Planted Country?

Following the success of last year’s pilot event, Planted Country will present some of the UK’s leading nature-based businesses, alongside environmentally focused workshops, installations and a nine-part talks programme titled ‘Cool Design, Sustainable Futures’.

Built on the principles of biophilic (nature-based) design and running in conjunction with the Great Big Green Week, Planted Country will bring together leading thinkers from design, food production, farming and environmentalism, to present a greener and more equitable future.

When will Planted Country be on?

Planted Country will run from 9 June to 11 June 2023, from 9.30am to 5pm.

Talks programme

Based around a nine-part talks programme titled ‘Cool design, sustainable futures’, this year’s talks will look at how we can adapt, mitigate and respond to an increasingly unpredictable climate which threatens to disrupt life as we know it with the destruction of natural systems.

With a stellar line-up of guest speakers already confirmed including Helen Browning of the Soil Association, Andy Cato of Wildfarmed, Mark Barrow from Beneath our Waters as well as leading figures from within the National Trust, the talks will be set against the stunning backdrop of Planted’s mobile off-grid cabin. The talks will be hosted by biophilic design expert Oliver Heath and Planted co-founder Sam Peters.

Find out more about the programme of talks.

Natural living and botanical market

The stable yard will host a Natural Living section, showcasing high-quality sustainable design and lifestyle brands, who place nature and the environment at the heart of their businesses.

Brands include Matthew Burt, Naturalmat, Goldfinger, ReCork, Out of the Valley, who will sit alongside a beautiful Botanical Market, selling products today which improve our tomorrow from Bramley, Snow Shepperd, Niwaki, Sip & Smile, Folde among others.

Find out more about natural living the the botanical market.

Local and seasonal food

Local and seasonal food will be available from Provenance, Cultjar, and Hidden Pizza in partnership with Wild Farmed, plus other high-quality ethically sourced food and drink will also be available to purchase on the day. A magical ‘Dinner Under the Stars’ is also planned, serving delicious sustainable and locally-sourced produce, emphasising the benefits of low-carbon organic food production and nature-friendly lighting.

Workshops

As well as the talks, there will be lots more engaging nature-based content for visitors to enjoy, including a series of free-to-attend workshops and demonstrations such as cooking over-fire with Provenance and no dig expert Charles Dowding within Stourhead’s walled gardens.

Wellness

In the secret cottage garden Verve Festival will once again host a wonderful programme of interactive nature-based wellness sessions from guided mediations, nature-walks to nutrition, breathwork and sustainable eating.

Children's activities

At our dedicated Children’s stage, organisations will be leading discussions around the environment alongside a series of workshops, nature trails and craft demonstrations for the younger generation.

Stallholder at Stourhead's Planted Country event
Stallholder at Stourhead's Planted Country event | © National Trust/Betsy Ogilvie

Tickets

Planted Country is free to attend for National Trust members and children. For Non-National Trust members, tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Purchased tickets for Planted Country will give Non-National Trust members access to the event only, including all the talks, workshops and demonstrations.

Sustainability

Visitors will enjoy what is set to be a unique west country experience, highlighting the growing community of local organisations seeking solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis through the lens of biophilic (nature-based) design. All stands and installations at the event must be reused, recycled or repurposed to deliver on Planted’s aim to radically reduce waste and energy consumption within the events industry.

Stableyard stall at Stourhead's Planted Country event

Find out more about Planted Country.

Plan your day at Planted Country, in the historic stable yard area as well as the beautiful cottage and walled gardens.

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