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During the lockdowns of 2020 through 2021, many of us spent more time in the outdoors to escape the current reality. This meant that we took up walking in local parks, along country footpaths or exploring and sitting in our gardens. We had time to discover new, wild places on our doorsteps, we puzzled at plants and insects we did not recognise, and we watched quietly when we encountered birds or wild animals.

Some of these sights were so special, that we captured them on our phones and cameras, creating lasting memories of nature’s extraordinary secrets.

Inspired by Southwell Minster’s Leaves of Southwell project, they have invited as many people as possible to enter their photography competition and share their own special lockdown discoveries.

Hundreds of awe-inspiring images were submitted and subsequently narrowed down by their Education Team at the Minster before the final 24 were judged and selected for this exhibition by professional photographer, Tracey Whitefoot.

Southwell Minster hopes you enjoy viewing these stunning images, the top 12 of which feature in their special 2022 Calendar which will be available to purchase from the Cathedral Shop on Church Street and online soon.

Please remember to check the latest COVID-19 guidance before attending any event and contact the event organiser should you need any further information on the COVID-secure measures that will be put in place. Newark & Sherwood District Council is not in a position to confirm that the events advertised are Covid-19 Secure.


Southwell Minster
01636 812649
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Southwell Minster
Church Street
Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0HD United Kingdom
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01636 812649
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