Since 2009, New Networks for Nature have organised a series of events designed to explore new perspectives in our cultural and creative responses to birds, nature and wildlife, and to challenge certain narrowly defined but prevailing views on the environment. The meetings draw together a wide cross-section of individuals and institutions, whose professional work and private lives draw inspiration from the natural world.

Our next annual event, Nature Matters 2017: Changing Nature, will take place at the Stamford Arts Centre on 16–18 November 2017.

Nature Matters 2017: Changing Nature

Nothing in nature stays the same. From the microscopic to the mountainous, from milliseconds to millennia, the natural world is constantly changing. Humans are perhaps the greatest agents of change, driving it for our needs and wants. This complex threading of natural and man-made change can be both enriching and destructive. In this year’s conference we explore change from different perspectives and explore how we present that change through art, science and literature. The opening event sees Patrick Barkham in conversation with Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, comparing how they have inspired change through words and actions. Over the following two days we hear about the great changes undergone in the oceans and on our farmland, about the hidden worlds that reveal themselves through technology, and how our perception of nature has altered through human history.

In the Art Gallery, the John Clare Exhibition, compiled by Carry Akroyd, meshes the world of the great nineteenth century poet of the countryside with modern depictions of nature.

Understanding change is vital; only by appreciating that nothing stays the same can we plan how to live sustainably in the future.

Presenters | Programme

Share supper with us

This year we hope you will stay on and join us for an informal supper on Friday evening in the Arts Centre ballroom at 6:00 pm. There are two options: fish & chips or vegetarian quiche & chips. Both options have been sourced by our caterers from local suppliers and have been carefully checked to ensure they meet our sustainability standards. More information is available on request.

The supper is bookable as an extra option alongside the daytime tickets. Unfortunately, we will not be able to cater for extra requests on the day. A soft drink is provided and the Arts Centre Cellar Bar and café will be open for other beverages.

Book Sales and Networking

As in previous years, books will be available for sale from authors who are speaking and attending. And, as always, there will be plenty of time and space for conversation and networking, with the opportunity to continue socializing in local haunts on the Thursday and Friday nights.


Tickets can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets: Buy Now

Thursday evening only – ‘in conversation’ £15 AVAILABLE
Day ticket Friday £50* AVAILABLE
Day ticket Saturday £50* AVAILABLE
Two-day ticket (Friday and Saturday) £85* AVAILABLE
Three-day ticket (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) £100* AVAILABLE
Optional Friday evening informal supper £10 AVAILABLE

* includes refreshments (tea/coffee/lunch – as in previous years, we are using locally-sourced, organic catering)

If you have a query about the event, about your booking or about New Networks for Nature itself then please email info at

Places are limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Feedback from previous events:

“It was great – thanks to all those who set it up. See you next year!”
   — George Monbiot,
      Author and Environmental Activist

“[This] amazing experience has altered my perspective, put me in touch with like-minded people, initiated collaborations, friendships and raised my awareness on many things. In gratitude for all the organizers.”
   — Ros Brady,
      Songwriter, Performer and Poet

“A fabulous triumph from beginning to end.”
   — Mark Cocker,
      Author and Environmental Activist


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