Journal

WARM GLOW: A portrait series by Danny North

WARM GLOW: A portrait series by Danny North

Exploring the idea of that warm glow we feel after time outside, we're excited to present our online exhibition by award-winning portrait photographer Danny North. His portraits of people in their favourite places – from the River Dart to the Lake District, Crantock beach to South Croydon woods – are truly captivating.

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ROAD TRIP: HIBANA AT WATERGATE BAY

ROAD TRIP: HIBANA AT WATERGATE BAY

A couple of months ago, Hibana – a new retail platform that celebrates the stories behind Britain’s most inspiring independent brands – stopped by Watergate Bay on their road trip around the UK. 

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VISUAL DIARY: From botany to bottle

VISUAL DIARY: From botany to bottle

Join us on a journey from botany to bottle, flower to fragrance, with an immersive new visual diary documenting the creative process behind our all-natural bath & body products.

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LOUD & QUIET: Kris Hallenga

LOUD & QUIET: Kris Hallenga

In 2009, 23-year-old Kris Hallenga was travelling the world, falling in love and making plans. Then she found a lump – and was told that she had incurable breast cancer.

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REFLECTIONS: Sarah Gerrish

REFLECTIONS: Sarah Gerrish

From watching the sunrise atop the fells to the bonding power of communal cold-water swims, founder of Wonderful Wild Women (a Lake District collective that inspires and celebrates women from all walks of life in outdoor adventures), Sarah Gerrish, tells us what spending time in the wild means to her and the WWW community.

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REFLECTIONS: GAIL MULLER

REFLECTIONS: GAIL MULLER

For over 15 years, chronic pain controlled Gail Muller’s life. But adventure has always fired her soul, and in 2019, Gail left behind everything she knew and set off on a 2,200-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail.

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Coorie with Field and Nest

Coorie with Field and Nest

Emma Lavelle (aka Field and Nest) is a writer, photographer and content creator living in the wilds of West Yorkshire, with an interest in simple living, slow travel and sustainable style. She headed to the hills for a blissful day exploring the Scottish concept of coorie – and the warm glow at the day's close...

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NATURAL THINKING / 05

NATURAL THINKING / 05

In a bumper new edition of our Natural Thinking playlist, we’re shaking off the weight of winter and basking in the joys of spring. From immersive films of the UK’s wild places to sweet folk sounds and layering up for a spring hike, join us as we dive into inspiring sights, music and musings that celebrate the season of renewal.

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NATURAL SELF-CARE

NATURAL SELF-CARE

With worries at a peak, winter to weather and any trace of novelty well and truly worn-out, our resilience reserves are running low. All the more reason to prioritise simple acts of self-care, says land&water founder Pix Ashworth. From inspiring reads to ambient sounds and evocative scents, she shares her favourite calming rituals.

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REFLECTIONS: RHIANE FATINIKUN

REFLECTIONS: RHIANE FATINIKUN

After a train journey through the Peak District compelled her to take up hiking and "get out there more", Rhiane Fatinikun has been on an incredible journey. Walking far and wide, with both one friend and more than one hundred, the Black Girls Hike group she started has gained huge momentum and featured on everything from the BBC to the World Economic Forum. She talks about diversifying the countryside, why the outdoors' healing power is more important than ever, and chasing waterfalls…

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REFLECTIONS: ATHENA MELLOR

REFLECTIONS: ATHENA MELLOR

Based in the Peak District, writer, photographer, filmmaker and Ramble Guides creator Athena Mellor loves nothing more than a long hike in the hills. Better still if it’s in the middle of winter – or under the stars. She considers walking alone, eco psychology, and finding a body of water to float on her back and watch the sky...

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NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS

NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS

Scientists or writers, philosophers or filmmakers… Their approaches may vary but their consensus is clear: time in nature (even a short “dose”) does a world of good for our minds, bodies and souls. We’ve gathered some of our favourites from this year’s Natural Thinking playlists to inspire your wintery forays outside.

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REFLECTIONS: THOM HUNT

REFLECTIONS: THOM HUNT

The call of the wild, and the journey from fearing solitude to feeling empowered by it, are experiences that adventurer, hunter, forager, TV presenter and 7thRise founder Thom Hunt knows intimately. He shares his thoughts on cold water, being human, the importance of connecting with nature, and being given a second chance.

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NATURAL THINKING / 04

NATURAL THINKING / 04

Whether you’re re-discovering the value of time to yourself or relishing time spent together, the writers, artists and thinkers on our latest playlist offer uplifting company for solo moments.

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Anita Sethi – author of I Belong Here – stands by a river in the Pennines

THE COMPANY OF SOLITUDE

The author of I Belong Here (Bloomsbury, spring 2021), the first in a powerful new nature writing trilogy, Anita Sethi explores ideas of loneliness, solitude, companionship, connection and access to nature.

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REFLECTIONS: KATIE TREGGIDEN

REFLECTIONS: KATIE TREGGIDEN

From sleeping under the stars to sticking her head out of a Velux window every morning, author, journalist and design commentator Katie Treggiden tells us what nature means to her.

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‘LIQUID GOLD’: ALL ABOUT SEA BUCKTHORN

‘LIQUID GOLD’: ALL ABOUT SEA BUCKTHORN

Just as we feel invigorated by a lick of ocean breeze, rays of vitamin D and wild terrain, sea buckthorn also thrives in the elements where land meets sea. From shiny horses, to astronauts, to the perfect gin and tonic, we discover more about this ‘holy fruit’ and wonder berry…

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Bisila Noha photographed by Ida Riveros

REFLECTIONS: BISILA NOHA

Taking in nature in the city, the life cycle of clay, our place in the world and the essential elemental balance at the heart of her work, we spoke to London-based ceramicist Bisila Noha about what the elements mean to her.

 

 

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

On a mission to discover the architecture that reconnects us with nature, author, journalist and design commentator Katie Treggiden packs a rucksack and takes us camping in the liminal spaces between trees, land and water.

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Natural Thinking / 03

Natural Thinking / 03

Whether you’re gazing from open windows or lucky in the garden, our new read, watch and listen playlist is for daydreaming and hatching future escapes – inspired by lives lived on the threshold of indoors and out.

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SUSTAINABILITY UNPACKED

SUSTAINABILITY UNPACKED

Glass? Plastic? Bioplastic? Refills? The research, logistics and decision-making in the sustainable packaging debate can be challenging terrain to navigate – especially for a new brand with limited resources. land&water founder Pix Ashworth shares what she’s learned from the journey so far.

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SCENTS OF THINGS PAST

SCENTS OF THINGS PAST

Evocative, transporting, mystifying….the sense of smell continues to intrigue neuroscientists, psychologists and writers. Author, broadcaster and fragrance aficionado Lizzie Ostrom (aka Odette Toilette) takes us on a journey through scent, memory and emotion.

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NATURAL THINKING / 02

NATURAL THINKING / 02

Our new read, listen and watch list is inspired by nature's ability to enliven the senses, rouse our emotions and stir memory – weaving past with present.

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REFLECTIONS: LIZZIE OSTROM

REFLECTIONS: LIZZIE OSTROM

A perfume author and scent consultant who loves the smell of tar, talks about the joys of losing herself on an old railway line in the woods, finding herself in the slow art of Japanese bathing, and embracing the British mizzle.

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