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Wye Valley Sculpture Garden
The Wye Valley Sculpture Garden started in 2012 but belongs to a much longer lineage going back into the 1950s when the Wood family began developing what would now be called Organic and then bought the property where the garden now resides in Tintern in 1965.
From the mid 1970s some of the land and property at Tintern was developed into a vegetarian and vegan guest house with horticultural and medicinal gardens, managed and self-establishing woodland and plantsmans garden. The garden is now established as the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden by the granddaughter of that pioneering family, Gemma Wood. The woodland is maturing and is managed for biodiversity and as well as an educational environment for Forest Schools and other outdoor courses. These experiential courses are run by the Art of Sustainability.
Accommodation is available for people to stay and immerse themselves in the natural world. Horticulture for food and medicine is still practiced but no longer on a commercial basis. The main function of the land is to support art and education.
This former dairy farm is now a site of vibrant biodiversity that shows how humans can manage land for economic, nutritional, spiritual benefit while enhancing and boosting natural biodiversity.