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A Conversation Between Trees is a touring exhibition and series of artist residencies.

The exhibition is a creative and scientific artwork through which you can experience the Atlantic Forest in Brazil  and Haldon Forest in Devon, UK.   The exhibition involves a projection that uses, sound, colour, light, temperature and tactile elements to explore how our senses can interpret the two diverse forests, how climate affects trees and how the climate has changed over the last 50 years

Alongside the exhibition is a mobile phone application that involves an audio, visual and sensory guide to encourage visitors to explore the forest.

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The artists will be in residence in the gallery until Wednesday 19th October and will be available to guide visitors through the exhibition and discuss the project.

The artists will also be available to guide visitors on walks into the forest, where visitors will be able to explore the project through their different senses and will then be able to input information back into the artwork.

The main route that A Conversation Between Trees trail suggests is relatively flat with some inclines, wide enough for a wheelchair user to navigate.  The path is compact with no loose stones or gravel.

The start and route is clearly sign posted and a large print map with directions is available to download here and at the gallery desk.

The gallery and its approach are entirely level. Programme information in large print is available. CCANW state on their website that signing is available at all events, given 1 week’s notice. Disabled parking and toilet facilities are provided by the Forestry Commission close to the Project Space.

For more information please contact CCANW
T: 01392 832277

The Forestry Commission operates a Pay and Display car park, for more information see the CCANW website

Large print versions of the flyers that accompany the exhibition will be available at the gallery desk or can be downloaded here

Further Information in large print will be available from staff in the exhibition centre about the exhibition.  The artists will also be available to guide visitors around the artwork in the gallery, describing the background of the project and detailed descriptions of the visual elements.


Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR, UK

CCANW is adjacent to the cafe and main car park of the Haldon Forest Park with level access throughout.

The turning for CCANW can be found adjacent to the new Gateway, between Exeter Racecourse and Haldon Belvedere and 5 miles (8km) south of Exeter. OS Grid ref. SX884849.

Click here to find CCANW, Haldon Forest Park on Google Maps (Link will open a new browser window)

From the A38 Devon Expressway (Exeter to Plymouth road) take the turning to Exeter Racecourse and the signs to the Forest Park.

From the A380 (Exeter to Torquay road) follow the brown tourist signs for Haldon Belvedere.
The 360 bus from Exeter Bus Station to Bridford stops at Haldon Belvedere several times a day (except Sundays and Bank Holidays). Please see for times or phone Traveline on 0870 608 2608.

There are graded trails throughout the forest some of which are independantly wheelchair accessible.



For information about access to the current exhibition at Rufford Craft Centre please contact:  01623 822944

There is a mobile phone application that involves an audio, visual and sensory guide to encourage visitors to explore the forest.

The park opening hours are 10am to 5pm in summer and 10.30am to 4.30pm in winter. There are slight seasonal variations so please view the full list of when the various facilities on site open and close

There is an accessible toilet at Rufford Abbey (Craft Centre Courtyard). Radar key needed (ask at Visitor Information – we have a spare).

There is lift access to get to Rufford Craft Centre from the back of the craft shop to the right of the stairs.  The craft shop is off the main courtyard.  The lift is now working (despite what it says on the craft centre website).

The park has two entrances, each with car parking and some spaces marked for blue badge holders.
– Rufford Abbey (off A614)
– Rufford Mill (off Wellow Lane)

A car parking charge of £3 applies at peak times and this applies to all cars including blue badge holders. We recommend that visitors with mobility restrictions use the main Rufford Abbey entrance and car park, as this gives easier access to toilets, shops and Visitor Information.

The site is level and thus easy for pushchairs, prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.For information about accessible routes in the park please see the Nottinghamshire County Council map

Push wheelchairs are available for loan from the Craft Centre Shop.  They will shortly have two special ‘off road’ wheelchairs available, designed to allow children and young people with mobility restrictions to better explore the park.  They also offer electric mobility scooters for loan at £2 per hour. Please ring our Visitor Information Office to book or for more detailed advice to help you get into and around the park, safely and easily.
Tel: 01623 821338

There is a mixture of different path types at Rufford Abbey Country Park.  Areas immediately surrounding the Abbey remains are hardcore, crushed limestone or tarmac, giving a firm surface for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The Craft Centre Courtyard (the historic former Abbey stableyard) is cobbled, but wheelchair / mobility vehicle users generally get around without problems.

Further out into the park paths are narrower, with a loose crushed limestone surface. Most, such as the circuit around the lake, are suitable for wheelchairs. Users of walking sticks and other mobility aids should be aware that paths through the woodland are more uneven. At times woodland paths can be covered by fallen leaves, making surfaces slippery in wet weather. For partially sighted visitors, the edges of woodland paths will often be indistinct. Please bear this in mind when choosing your route around the park.
Ask for a free site plan where paths are colour coded to show their level of accessibility.

The top storey of the Abbey ruins is not accessible to wheelchairs and can only be reached by stone steps. Because this is a scheduled ancient monument, building adaptations are not possible. Mobility-restricted and visually impaired visitors please note that the Undercroft of the Abbey is dimly lit and has a stone flagged floor, uneven in places. Please take extra care in this area.

Our Visitor Information Office is equipped with a portable induction loop – please ask.

For further information please download the Rufford Abbey Country Park Access Statement

Rufford Abbey Country Park Directions and Opening Hours

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For public transport to the park contact Traveline tel: 0870 608 2 608 website: If you are travelling by car you may find the AA Route Planner helpful in planning your route website: