What do you LOVE about being in nature?

Do you have a special place? Somewhere beautiful, tranquil, fun, exciting…

How would you put a price on this natural place? What’s our landscape worth? What’s the emotional value of the rural land in which we live?

Responding to Nature is an educational arts project being run by Beaford Arts in northern Devon this autumn 2014, in partnership with the Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA), to encourage communities in northern Devon to be creative in the great outdoors and to tap into their emotional experiences of being in nature. Maybe, just maybe we can then begin to truly put a price on the rural environment in which we live.

This project is running alongside a new theatre performance piece to be showcased in Hatherleigh and Dolton, called ‘The Common, comprising of 5 dialogues written by 5 writers which reflect, provoke, unpick and expose how we value the land. The importance of north Devon’s environment is increasingly recognised nationally; ‘The Common’ recognises the way of life that’s always been at its centre.

Click here to take a look at the amazing responses we’ve had so far and get inspired to get out there and use your senses to create and submit your own artistic response.

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A Fox Drinking from a Stream - Oliver, Monkleigh Primary
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2 Minute Beach Clean - Sonny Baxter, Monkleigh Primary
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Walking along Shell Ridge - Mike Kendell