Upcoming Fairs

Our  Spring and Summer fairs are:

Saturday 22nd April – Hexham Spring Fair                                                        

Saturday, Sunday & Monday 29th/30th April and 1st May – Weald of Kent Handmade fair, Penshurst                                                                

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 4th -7th May – Living Crafts, Hatfield                  

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 30th June, 1st and 2nd July – Scottish Game fair, Perth                                                                                

Although there will always be somebody at home, our studio will be closed  because we will have all our products with us!Hexham Spring fetival 2016

Wind breakers for our Bird tables

NEW! The Windbreaker; a useful accessory to our bird tables. In very windy conditions the seed will ‘literally’ go very quickly as wind gets a hold of it; it will be eaten on the ground and that is not desirable. With a pair of Windbreakers, the seed will remain on the bird table. No tools, no glue and it will RETROFIT on ALL our S&N ‘octagon’ the bird tables I made in the past 5+ years; free-standing, hanging, table versions etc.

A pair can be ordered (£16.- ex P&P – price March 2017).

PS: I will make them also for the Large (9 sided) Bird table when ordered.

Upcoming Christmas Fairs 2016

Our Christmas Fairs for this year are:             img_1563-copy18-19th November, Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair  ec-christmasfair2016-poster-a4                              

26/27th November, Christmas Slate &        Nature Open Days                                        

1-4th  December, Living North Christmas  Fair, Gosforth Racecourse      

9-10th December, Hexham centre  Christmas Fair

All other days you are welcome at our studio, but please ring us first!

When we are away at fairs, there will normally be somebody at home, but because most of our stock will be at the fair, contact us before you come over! 

Slate and Nature’s Christmas Open Days 2016

The 26th and 27th of November it’s our special annual Studio Day to do your ‘bespoke’ Christmas shopping. All hand engravings are free (even the wicked ones) and done whilst you wait. Together with our Dutch Chocolate treat (and those not driving maybe a second shot) will make your rural day complete.     open days                                                                                                                                         Other days you are of course also welcome, but please give us a ring in advance,  sometimes we also have to do some shopping!, 01434 270331.

Slate and Nature’s Window feeder


windowfeeder-vink-zijkantOur Window feeder, hand made from recycled British roofing slate, is one of Slate and Nature’s most popular products. Over the last few years, worldwide, over 3000 windows are transformed into a bird display. This specially designed feeder, is slowly conquering the world, from Tokyo Japan, Johannesburg Africa, Missouri USA, to Finland, Turkey etc. Nationally and internationally appreciated and enjoyed to watch and observe your feathered friends from close by. It has become a wonderful gift for your birds, your self, friends and family, no-matter what age, gender or who you are… everybody likes it.

Our  2000th Window feeder went to Monty Don who responded with;monty-copy



‘This a great design, I already know where to put it!’ 


In September 2016 our Window feeder was featured in ‘Escape to the Country’, just follow the link and go to minute 16 and see how the window feeder is been made:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqyKCLSANQI    ;if this link is not active please let us know, we’ll re-activate it!

Ordering a Window feeder:                                                                 You can place your order by sending an e-mail, with your details, to: slateandnature@btinternet.com, or you can phone us on: 00 44 (0) 1434 270331.                                                                                        Alternatively, you can visit our Riverside Studio in West Woodburn. Our studio is open most days, but please ring in advance to check if we are in. 

The price of the Window feeder is £ 18.50, postale Royal Mail 2nd class £ 2.90 (price Nov.2017) (£ 21.40). You can pay by banktransfer or by sending us a cheque, but we will arrange this later.

Jeanette and Gerard van der Veen                                                             Park Cottage, West Woodburn, Northumberland  NE48 2SG




Upcoming fairs

Saturday & Sunday the 24th/25th of September 2016 we will be at the Malvern Autumn show.


If you are living in the Scottish Borders, come and see us at our first Christmas Fair of the season; Presents Galore, Kelso (Springwood Park/Border Union Showground) on Monday evening the 3rd of October 6-8.30pm and Tuesday 4th October 10am-3.30pm.

Due to the overwhelming reactions we received after being featured in Escape to the Country (series 17/4), we don’t have any stock left in the studio and although there will be somebody at home, the studio will be closed till we return.

Slate & Nature on BBC1 in Escape to the Country!

Proudly we can saySlate & Nature will be featured, for 2-3 minutes, in the program Escape to the Countryon Wednesday the 14th September, 3 PM (or 15.00hrs GWMT) on BBC1.

escape 1Sorry we don’t know yet what to expect, but we liked the shooting; it was fun. Amazing what the crew & participants were doing. Gerard is not a ‘natural’ actor as he couldn’t keep his story-line constant. Every-time something new ‘popped-op’ driving the crew crazy, but they kept friendly and just said, ‘again, but now….’ Now it appears that (software) editing is mighty professional and it was possible to stitch something together; lets keep our finger crossed…. tbc..escape 2

Westminster comes to Slate & Nature

at river as pictSelling S&N to Westminster; Last week we had a very interesting and informative visit of our Local MP Guy Opperman. Manufacturing ‘as it should be’ will be back on the agenda to provide the UK a pivotal role in global business ….. and a future; S&N is ready for this with its motto; We enjoy creating & making useful, beautiful products for others, …..Nature ….Customers far and wide. 

Doggy bag holder

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Avoid smelly & spattering surprises while strimming your grass.
This Doggy p. bag holder is becoming more and more popular. When Dot wants to go for her walk we trained her to ask for her own doggy bag! Next to your back door, you will never forget a bag. Or along the road for every visiting dog owner to use. The bags costs you only a quarter of a pence each!
The holder can be engraved with your dog’s name, house name, …….. and costs £ 44.-.

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