The Flock

Be part of The Flock at Wentworth Woodhouse –  a giant artwork to mark Lockdown

You can fly with the flock!

A flock of 10,000 birds is coming to roost on our East Front lawns on October 3. Each small wooden bird will be a symbol of freedom and mark how people pulled together in the COVID-19 crisis.
They will form a huge art installation in the shape of a giant tree. Midlands-based artists Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson of Planet Art hope their artwork will inspire people to engage with the arts, culture and heritage on their doorstep and create a piece of social history.

It is free to take part, but Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust hopes people who can afford to will sponsor birds for local community groups or make a donation towards the Wentworth Woodhouse Fundraising Appeal. During Lockdown the house has been closed and the charity has been unable to generate income to help it carry on its important restoration work. We also welcome donations through our Just Giving page .


From September 16, staff and volunteers will be out in local villages and Rotherham town centre, collecting birds from members of the public. Each bird needs to be returned by September 23.

You can also bring them to the house and enjoy a day in our Open Garden – book HERE

People unable to get to the gardens or collection stations can contact  for further details.

Look out for The Flock collection points in August and September at:

St Johns Green, Kimberworth Park:
September 16, 10am-1pm

Elsecar Heritage Centre:
September 17, 10am-1pm

Greasbrough Playing Fields:
September 21, 10am-1pm

Rotherham Market:
September 22, 10am-1pm

Clifton Park:
September 23,10am-1pm

Wentworth Garden Centre:
September 14, 10am-1pm

Thorpe Hesley Recreation Ground;
September 15, 3-6pm

Planet Art’s The Flock will be the first of three large-scale installations created by artists appointed by Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place and Wakefield-based arts organisation Beam. Others are planned for Wentworth Castle Gardens and Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.