Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park – Visitor Centre, Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0RN

Launch Party

Join us for our launch party on Wednesday 12th July at the beautiful Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve! 7-9PM, FREE entry and entertainment from local musicians, as well as an exhibition of distinguished local artists alongside school groups project work

Find out more about the park in our programme!




Jane Barry









I am a local artist based at the Acme Studios in Purfleet, I studied general Art and Design and have a degree in Textile & Surface Pattern, My mission through classes and workshops is to spread positivity through creatively. By sharing my knowledge and skills I hope to encourage and inspire others to be more creative, because when we create something ourselves it gives us a huge sense of achievement and a real confidence boost. Creativity comes from with and it comes in many forms. I can be a passion, a release, or for some a voice for communicating!

Jane Lock









Selena Chandler









My work spans both traditional and conceptual forms and I work with found, recycled and natural materials. I have exhibited previously at The Swan Gallery, Thameside Nature Park, The Orsett Show, The Beecroft Gallery and CityLit London.

As a Contemporary Basketry Artist. I draw on rich cross-cultural heritages of basket making, incorporating traditional skills and knowledge alongside new materials and techniques to produce contemporary basketry forms. I enjoying working with texture and colour to create 2D and 3D pieces that refer to place, craft and domestic skills as foundations for art. As well as producing my own work, I am experienced at teaching and supporting others to express their creativity through contemporary basketry. In addition, with The Basketmakers’ Association and the University of Hertfordshire, I am researching the role of basketry as therapeutic activity during World War 1.

Artistry of the Estuary














Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (TTNP) is owned by Essex Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservation charity. Essex Wildlife Trust aims to inspire, engage and educate a wide audience about the importance of wildlife and conservation. One way this has been achieved at TTNP is through art projects engaging local primary school children. This is the third year this art project has taken place. This time around it is called ‘Artistry of the Estuary’ and focuses on species of animal found in the River Thames, which can be seen from the Visitor Centre and Nature Park.