• Oak Burr Bowl from an ancient oak tree on a wildlife friendly farm in Pencoed, South Wales. The wood has been donated by the owner and volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust. 4
    Oak Burr Bowl from an ancient oak tree on a wildlife friendly farm in Pencoed, South Wales. The wood has been donated by the owner and volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust. 4

Pren Parry Art and Conservation


Rob Parry has a professional background in the nature conservation sector which has developed into an interest in traditional and sustainable industries that can help support wildlife conservation in Wales.

Wood for the ornaments is sourced locally from within Wales and often as a result of traditional woodland management practices that help increase the nature conservation value of the habitat.

Each ornament and woodenware piece comes with its own nature conservation guide highlighting the wood or woods that were used in its production along with the woodland habitat that they belong and the wildlife that depends on them.

Pren Parry is based in Carmarthenshire, west Wales. Rob has been working and volunteering in the nature conservation sector for over 15 years in his local Wildlife Trust. His professional experience of woodland management developed into an interest in traditional and sustainable industries that can support wildlife conservation.

Pren is Welsh for wood – for those who were curious.

Wishing well with cone sheaths for slates, moss effect is created by meadowsweet seeds and the snails are from aspen buds wooden-ornament-created-from-body-and-roof-is-hornbeam-door--is-cherry-cartwheel-is-yew-bird-box-is-hazel Yew bowl with bark intrusion. Donated by Gwent Wildlife Trust Yew Bowl from castle Woods nature reserve in West Wales. The wood has come from conservation management of the woodland and has been donated by a volunteer of the Wildlife Trust. Pren Parry gallery display at the Riverside Galley, Ystradgynlais, Powys Plum Bowl, from a wildlife friendly garden in Coventry and donated by staff Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales Plum bowl, from a wildlife friendly garden in Coventry and donated by staff Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales Ornamental Birds Nest made from spalted Beech, Heather and a Beech egg. Oak Pot with lid from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales. The wood has been donated by Jonathan Garrard Joinery. Oak Dish made from a oak from a sustainably managed woodland and donated by Uniqueworks in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Oak Pot donated by the Wildlife Trust Officer for Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Oak Burr Bowl from an ancient oak tree on a wildlife friendly farm in Pencoed, South Wales. The wood has been donated by the owner and volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust. Oak Pot with lid from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales. The wood has been donated by Jonathan Garrard Joinery. Oak Burr Bowl from an ancient oak tree on a wildlife friendly farm in Pencoed, South Wales. The wood has been donated by the owner and volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust. Oak Bowl with lid from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales. The wood has been donated by Jonathan Garrard Joinery. Oak Bowl from a nature reserve in West Wales, managed by the Wildlife Trust. The bowl was auctioned at the British Birdwatching Fair 2017. Oak Bowl donated by Uniqueworks in Pembrokeshire. The wood has come from a sustainably managed woodland in the area Horse Chestnut Clock with coloured leather numerals. Wood donated from Uniqueworks in Pembrokeshire. Oak Bowl donated by the Wildlife Trust Officer for Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Oak Bowl donated by the Wildlife Trust Officer for Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Elf House made from oak with a Beech door and chimney and a mole hill made from dark Oak shavings. Elm Bowl made from a mature Elm tree that was once found along the banks of the River Teifi in West Wales. The wood has been donated by a volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust Elf House made from dark oak from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales. The dark colour has been created by the tree becoming infected with Beef Steak Fungus. Elm bowl made from a mature Elm tree that once stood along the bank of the River Teifi, West Wales. The wood has been donated by a volunteer from the local Wildlife Trust. Elm Bowl made fram a mature Elm tree that once stood on the banks of the River Teifi in West Wales. The wood was donated by a volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust Elf House made from oak with a Beeh door and chimney, Oak window frame and a mole hill made from dark Oak shavings. Elm Bowl from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales and donated by Uniqueworks, based in Pembrokeshire. Elf House made from oak with a Beech door and chimney and a mole hill made from dark Oak shavings. Cherry Pot from a sustainably managed woodland in South Wales and donated by the local Wildlife Trust Officer. Cherry Bowl made from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales. Cherry Bowl from a sustainably managed woodland in South Wales. The pot has been donated by the local Wildlife Trust Officer. Cauldron made from burnt Holly from a nature reserve in West Wales and an emblem of shrew skull and jaws. Beech Bowl from a wildlife friendly garden in Cardiff, South Wales and donated by a volunteer of the local Wildlife Trust. Ash Pots with lids made from Ash bark. The wood has been donated by Uniqueworks in Pembrokeshire and comes from sustainably managed woodlands in the area. Ash Pot with lid and bark handle. The pot has been made from a sustainably managed woodland in West Wales. Cauldron made from burnt Holly from a nature reserve in Ceredigion and an emblem of shrew skull and vole jaw bones from a Barn Owl Pellet. Ash Pot from Brynna Woods nature reserve in South Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust. The woodland is managed for wildlife such as birds, wild flowers and dormice Ash Bowl from the Castle Woods nature reserve in West Wales. The woodland is sustainably managed by the Wildlife Trust for its wildlife. Ash Bowl from Castle Woods nature reserve with bark showing. The woodland supports a host of wildlife. Apple Bowl from the Brynna Woods nature reserve in South Wales as part of sustainable management for woodland habitat and dormouse Apple Bowl from Brynna Woods nature reserve in South Wales as part of sustainable management for woodland habitat and dormouse Cherry Pot from a sustainably managed woodland in South Wales. The pot has been donated by the local Wildlife Trust Officer. Cherry Pot from a wildlife friendly garden in Bridgend, South Wales. The wood has been donated by staff of the local Wildlife Trust.

The Inspiration

Working with wood from our Welsh woodlands has given me a new perspective on the way we value our natural habitats.

It makes you stop and think about the tree itself, what it has lived through in its lifetime, from world wars and political unrest, to harsh winters, drought and the carved initials of teenagers in love.

If only trees could tell their stories!

But in many respects they do – through the wood itself, whether it is the growth rings, gnarled bark, deadwood or insect attack, each piece of wood is unique and in my opinion deserves celebrating.

For me the natural cracks, splits, rot and beetle larvae tunnels give items more character, so where I can, I try and incorporate as much character as possible.

 

Contact Rob

Check here if you are happy for your email to be sent to Rob Parry - no personal data will be retained on this website and we won't share it with anyone else.