River Roots

© Photography by Camilla Adams

© Photography by Camilla Adams

River Roots is a three-year collaborative intergenerational creative project taking place between schools and vulnerable adult groups across Herefordshire. Led by artist Lucy Baxendale, with support from Associate Artists Jenny Hope, Adam Blake and Bym Welthy, sessions include working with visual arts, movement and music, and follow the theme of rivers and the environment surrounding them.

St Marys School, Fownhope & Brockhampton Care Home

Early this year Adam and Bym worked with year 3 at St Marys school who created a story about Sammy the Salmon’s mission to stop a naughty frog called Jeffrey Robertson from bullying everyone along the river. The children wrote a performance and songs based on their story which they then performed interactively for the residents at Brockhampton Court using some fun masks they made for their characters.

This term the year 4s , working closely with residents from Brockhampton Court, are further developing the story to create a different performance and props.

Madley School & Dulas Court Care Home

Sessions with Madley year 5s have involved an exploration of items that might be found in a river, including things we shouldn’t find, such as plastic bottles and the recent discovery of microplastics in the River Wye. Children worked on some poems and stories with Jenny Hope based on this theme, and then met Dulas Court residents to hear their river-based memories, and create some more poems with them. A visual arts-response to the theme then enabled children and residents to work together to create a river scene, and fish from plastic milk bottles which were then decorated with their poems

Bym & Jenny have also been working together to create words to put to music, using instruments from Bym’s plastic band. All of these activities will come together in a culmination at a celebratory event at the end of June for all involved.

Pontrilas Dementia Friendly Cafe

This year with the Pontrilas Café we have been working with local members of the community in intergenerational workshops to create items that can be made to use in the café. So far we’ve made decorative stained glass effect leaves for the new glass doors, and ceramic sugar bowls and jugs. In future sessions we look forward to using jesmonite and printing table cloths. These sessions are open to the public (dates opposite)! 

Ross Young Carers

So far this year Ross Young Carers have done a variety of different activities from making woodland inspired monsters and pinch pots from clay to making instruments from lollypop sticks and playing instruments from Bym’s plastic band. We are looking forward to working with Ross Young Carers to make elements for our float for Ross River Carnival this year.

Public Dates 2019:


3rd August, all-day drop in: Art workshop open to public at Ross-on-Wye Carnival


30th May 10.30am – 12pm

25th July 10.30am – 12pm

22nd August 10.30am – 12pm


Produced by Wyldwood Arts in partnership with Wye Valley River Festival. Supported with Funding from BBC Children in Need.

Faulkner House, Herefordshire Housing, Fownhope

St Mary's Primary School, Fownhope

Pontrilas Dementia Cafe, Ewyas Harold

Young Carers, Ross-on-Wye

Dulas Court Care Home, Madley

Madley Primary School

Ross-on-Wye Festival

Wyldwood Arts