Stick Man Heralds the Spring

If you go down to the field by the visitor centre at Whitlingham Country Park you’re in for a big surprise! It may look like a pile of old sticks but it’s so much more…

Come and blow away the cobwebs, spring is on the way! Spend a day in the great outdoors at the Herald of Spring Nest-Making Workshop.

Community environmental artists from The Nest Project will be at Whitlingham for a workshop with a difference this half-term, making a giant nest from sticks and twigs – and they need your help.

Their Stick Man is outside the park’s visitor centre, encouraging visitors to leave sticks in a pile on the field behind the flint barn, ready for building a giant nest at a workshop taking place on Wednesday 14 February.

Everyone is welcome to come and help at the workshop. There’s no need to book, just turn up at Whitlingham Country Park (Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TR) and join in any time between 10am and 3pm. The workshop is free of charge but the usual car park charges apply.

If you can, please come along any time before the big day to add some sticks for the nest. Please gather twigs and sticks from the ground, not from living trees and plants.

The Nest Project is a community art organisation that encourages people to get outside and make art.

"We are so excited to be working at Whitlingham, within the Broads National Park. It’s such a beautiful area and we are hoping our Herald of Spring nest sculpture will help people have fun and contemplate nature at this time of year when the birds are beginning to build," said Rebekah Boone, one of the artists.

Claire Gebbett, co-founder of The Nest Project, said: "We feel people are losing their connection with the beautiful world around them due to the strains of modern life and our project aims to address that. Getting outside as a community group, collaborating, being creative, using natural materials is a very mindful experience and a fun way to spend an hour or two."

For details of all Broads events throughout the year, go to

Stick pile at Whitlingham

Monday 12 February 2018