Directory: ENVIRONMENT ART & DESIGN
LANDSCAPE ARTISTS & GARDEN CRAFTS:
:: Heather Boardman - garden designer. In 2002 Heather was approached by Country Living magazine to create "A Country Living Garden for an Urban Space". The garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and won Best in Show. In 2003 she created a garden for Laura Ashley and won another R.H.S. medal, gaining national press coverage. Heather also writes a weekly newspaper column, and is a member of The Garden Writers Guild.
:: Angela Munslow - garden artist, maker of large-scale figurative water-features and statues.
:: Phil Hardaker - a mosaic maker from Stoke.
:: Johanna Hallsten - creates subtle artistic interventions in gardens. Based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Sue Blatherwick - creates ceramic outdoor wall-plates, and is also a site-specific environment-artist. Based in Leek.
:: Echomap - the sound artist duo of Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart. Shaun & Clive created the interactive 'Sound Wall' at the Royal Horticultural Society's 2010 Tatton show, and this structure was later re-built at Stoke's Trentham Gardens where it still runs today. The duo are currently making new experimental interactive sound sculptures.
:: Bespoke Birdhouses - a crafts business run by Nigel Green who is based at Stone, near Stoke-on-Trent. In 2012 Nigel created his "Peckingham Palace" bird-house for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, which was showcased around the British Isles by the sponsors Cuprinol.
:: Kate Lynch - environmental and folklore artist based in Stoke town.
:: David Bethell. David creates work that... "explores the relationship between nature and urban environments, ranging from the objects to the characteristics that can be found within these spaces".
:: Redstone Willows - located on the Cheshire / Staffordshire border, they grow in excess of 100 varieties of willow, many of which are ideal for basketry, earth-art sculptures and community arts structures. They also run workshops, can can install living-willow structures and make willow sculptures on commission.
:: Sensory Trail Design - provides a design and build service for sensory labyrinths and trails, and a design service for music therapy or sound gardens is also available.
:: Nicola Jane Hulme - a specialist tile designer/maker working from Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: is a wall mural painting service.
Church Wall Gargoyles - based in Cheadle. Creator of the statues at the Alton Towers Hotel and stone carvings in Ugland & Alice in Wonderland at Alton Towers. Church Wall also run classes at The Potters Barn.
:: Wardell Armstrong - large Landscape Architecture consultancy, based at Newcastle-under-Lyme. Consultancy services in large-scale commercial landscape design.
:: FFC Landscape Architects.
:: Signature Gardens.
:: Keele University offers a professional in-house KUDIS map-making & landscape visualisation service.
:: Association of Professional Landscapers - based between Leek and Uttoxeter.
:: The Basketmaker's Association - based in Eccleshall, near Stone.
:: Dane Valley Coppice Crafts Group - based at Brereton Country Park & Alsager.
:: WIRE Staffordshire (Women in Rural Enterprise).
:: The Green Wood Trust - the national rural crafts organisation, based just 20 miles from Stoke in nearby Telford.
ENVIRONMENT-RELATED TRAINING for creatives::
:: The Green Wood Trust - a nationally important rural crafts organisation, based just 20 miles from Stoke in nearby Telford. The Trust runs around 40 courses a year, including regular coracle-making workshops.
:: Survival School Staffordshire - offer fascinating woodland skills courses, which would inspire any artist or writer.
:: Rodbaston College in Penkridge sometimes offers courses in Willow Sculpture. Several F.E. Colleges in Staffordshire offer a Diploma in Garden Design.