Our site, buildings & farm

The Trust offers an inspirational space, for body and for mind, in which artists and others can experiment, explore and reflect on their practice. Here, visitors of all ages and backgrounds engage with and participate in innovative and transformative creative practice.

Our ‘space’ includes an organic farm and woodland, a Grade II* listed historic house and buildings complex, an early 20th century farmhouse and the mid-20th century agricultural yard and barns arranged around the Grain Barn. All components of this ‘space’ are integral to our creative programme and are interdependent, woven together in a fabric that supports engagement in creative, cross-art experiences.

Our Gallery, Sidney’s Studio and Trust office are housed in a restored 17th century tithe barn.

Rodd Court, a Grade II* listed, late 16th / early 17th century manor house.

 

Rodd Farmhouse, early 20th century, now provides residential accommodation for visiting artists, academics, students and others.

The Grain Barn, our creative and learning hub.

The Granary, currently housing a printing press that once belonged to Arthur Boyd.

 

The Cow Barn.

 

Rodd Farm and Rodd Wood.

Sidney and Mary Nolan wished to preserve the landscape of Rodd Farm, converted it to organic status and delighted in winning prizes for their Welsh Black cattle.

Rodd Farm comprises 250 acres of farm and woodland, lying in the beautiful valley of the Hindwell River, an important tributary of the S.S.S.I. designated River Lugg. The land encompasses a diversity of wildlife habitats from the ancient semi-natural broadleaved woodland (a county-designated special wildlife site) to the complex of traditional hedgerows, the riverside meadows and the large area of undisturbed scrub. Although the land already supports a rich and varied complex of natural flora and fauna The Trust is always working to improve this with sensitive and appropriate management.

The ancient woodland has been managed by coppicing for centuries, ensuring that it is still home to a diverse flora, including wood anemone, enchanter's nightshade, sweet woodruff, primrose, bluebells, archangel, wild garlic, violets and early purple orchids.

"Monumental landscape gave Sidney a great sense of awe... when he had his solitary moments overlooking the Hindwell Valley he felt something of that same sense of wonder. ”

Mary Nolan, 2009

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