Pollyanna’s daughter and business partner Anna-Louise was honoured and moved to be invited to plant a memorial tree for Pollyanna in a special ceremony at the Willow Holt nature Reserve at Farndon, Notts last weekend. Pollyanna had been delighted to help with fundraising projects for the reserve, including the building of a new meeting hut to replace one which had been burnt down by vandals.
Anna-Louise said “Pollyanna would have been deeply moved and very honoured by this wonderful gesture. She was never happier than when her work could help support causes close to her heart. The planting of an oak tree is a perfect memorial – it will be a part of the natural landscape for hundreds of years – and support a wide variety of species of insects, birds and animals”
We would like to thank all who attended the event for their generosity – a collection on the day raised £128.55 for the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Special thanks go to Farndon Watch leader Sue Leach and her Mum Shirley Hatcher, and all those involved in organising the memorial and preparing for the tree planting.
We are proud to present three brand new calendas for 2019 – including the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation calendar which has been published by Calendar Club in memory of Pollyanna and in support of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.
Every sale supports the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s conservation and animal welfare projects in the UK and worldwide. Each page features a spectacular wildlife painting, along with Pollyanna’s sketches and field notes and details of a Foundation project which has supported that particular species.
Three brand new calendars celebrating Pollyanna’s artwork have been published for 2019. The owl calendar features the spectacular painting of a barn owl in flight which is shown on the cover of this newsletter, and includes 12 images of owls from around the world.
The 2019 British Wildilfe calendar features paintings of Pollyanna’s beloved british wildife – including badgers, foxes and otters – with the cover showing a hare surrounded by moonpennies.
The calendars are £11.99 each – P&P within the UK is FREE
Copies of all three calendars can be purchased securely online through our website : http://www.pollyannapickeringstudio.co.uk/catalogue/calendars
Or by phone : 01733 865453
Pollyanna’s daughter and business partner Anna-Louise has been invited to the Create and Craft TV studios on the 9th September to appear live on a two hour show at 12.00 to launch the brand new Pollyanna Pickering Craft DVDrom and paperkits exclusively on the channel. The kits will feature Pollyanna’s ever popular studies of British wild birds, including this brand new sketch of a robin.
Anna-Louise said ““I am very touched that Create and Craft have invited me into their studios to talk about the newest collection of crafting products to feature Pollyanna’s work.
Pollyanna created her paintings with the desire that they would be seen, enjoyed and shared with as many people as possible. It was her wish that I would continue to work with Creative Crafting World to bring crafters the opportunity to continue use her wonderful artwork.
I worked side by side with Pollyanna as her business partner for 25 years, and accompanied her on all of her expeditions to study and paint endangered species, and I will be proud to continue to share stories from her remarkable travels.
I am also committed to continuing the vital conservation and rescue work of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation – and will continue to stage fundraising events and exhibitions.
Very few people are able to leave such an incredible legacy, and I know that her spirit will live on always through her paintings”
Anna-Louise will be appearing in the studio alongside demonstrator Lynda Chapman to chat to the presenters about the individual birds which inspired Pollyanna, her painting techniques, and her love of the wild creatures she painted. Lynda will be creating cards and craft projects live on air.
Watch Create and Craft on Sky 674 | Freeview 23 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748 – as well as on Apple TV and Amazon Fire You can also watch live online at www.createandcraft.tv
As a patron of the Wildlife Art Society International, Pollyanna always included original works included in this exhibition showcasing the cream of wildlife art from around the world. Pollyanna always attended on the final day to present the society’s annual awards.
This year Pollyanna’s daughter (below right) will be attending to present the awards in her stead, in her role as President of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.
Pollyanna’s daughter and Business Partner Anna-Louise will be in the Radio Derby studios at 11.15 am today (9th April) paying tribute to Pollyanna in an interview with Sally Pepper. If you missed the interview you can still hear it for seven days at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p061tpsz
Pollyanna was a regular and popular guest on radio Derby talking about her art, her expeditions and her conservation work.
Listen Live on 104.5, 95.3 and 96.0 FM on DAB Digital Radio or live online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radioderby
Pollyanna was a regular and much-loved guest in the studios of Create and Craft TV and they will be broadcasting a tribute to her at 4.56pm today (Sunday 8th April).
Watch at Sky 674 | Freeview 36 | Virgin 748 | Freesat 813 or live online at www.createandcraft.tv
It is with the deepest sadness that we have to inform everyone of the news that Pollyanna Pickering passed away last week following a short illness.
Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise is currently staying with family. We ask that you understand that she may be unable to reply personally to letters and messages received at this time, but hopes everyone will understand and be assured that their thoughts are much appreciated at this difficult time.
The work of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation will of course continue, and future fundraising exhibitions of Pollyanna’s work are planned.
There is to be a memorial service for Pollyanna held on Wednesday 18th April in Sheffield.
We would ask that her final wishes are observed, and there are family flowers only. Donations to the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation would be welcomed instead.
Donations, if desired can be made online at
Pollyanna is delighted to return once again to Chesterfield, Derbyshire to present a specially extended version of her brand new talk about her most recent expedition.
Stepping off the plane on to Australian soil Pollyanna completed her incredible quest to paint on all seven continents. During this talk she will share stories from the two months spent travelling around the country, visiting numerous wildlife sanctuaries and hospitals to learn more about the animals they were caring for. On Philip Island she was enchanted to watch the evening return of the fairy penguin – the world’s smallest species – to feed their chicks at their nest sites after a day spent fishing at sea. She spent time trekking in the outback, and searching for animals in the wild – being rewarded with numerous sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and even a wild dingo.
Pollyanna also joined wildlife rangers in the Western Plains of Victoria to help with their daily monitoring of wild koalas in the area, and spent a day planting trees as part of their eucalyptus reforestation project. While on the continent Pollyanna felt compelled to take in the iconic beauty of Uluru, in the red centre, which provided further inspiration.
There will be a question and answer session, and Pollyanna will be signing books and prints after the talk
Tickets £8.00, (concessions £6.50)
Tickets can be purchased in person from the Box Office at the Winding Wheel, or at the Pomegranate Theatre.
By Telephone 01246 34522 or online here : Pollyanna Pickering Talk
Date: 21st March 7.30pm
Talk: Gone Walkabout – An Artist Down Under
Venue : Winding Wheel Theatre
Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
We were delighted that Sir Tony Robinson, one of our most popular actors and TV presenters, took time out of his busy schedule to join Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise – who is a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation – to draw the winning ticket in the 2107 winter prize draw.
The lucky winner, Mrs Quinn of Rotherham has won an original painting of a robin. Please visit our website for a full list of winners.
Tony is an actor, comedian, author, presenter, historian and political activist, best known for playing Baldrick in the BBC television series Blackadder as well as for hosting the popular Channel 4 programmes Time Team and The Worst Jobs in History. He has also written sixteen children’s books. He was knighted in recognition of his public and political service.
Tony is the latest in a line of celebrities who have drawn the winning tickets for the Foundation – including Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Virginia McKenna, Toyah Willcox, Martin Clunes, Amanda Holden and Chris Packam!
Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Winter exhibition the Foundation has raised £1650.00 to construct an outside hedgehog pen and wild bird aviary in St Budeaux, Plymoth, and £525.00 to create a new exercise and agility space at Oak Tree Animals Centre in Cumbria. An additional £1000.00 has been put towards the £2250.00 needed to fund the continuing care of rescued moonbear Mr Polly during 2018.
Date : 1st May 7.30pm
Venue : St. John’s Centre, St. John Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1QH
Details : The National Trust are pleased to present Pollyanna’s talk inspired by her travels in the snowbound wastelands of Siberia, where she braved temperatures as low as -60 to paint Amur Tigers.
Pollyanna worked alongside scientists from the Siberian Tiger Project radio tracking this beautiful species – the world’s largest tiger – which has been brought back from the very brink of extinction. In the 1940’s only 30 remained in the wild. After a gruelling four day journey to reach a reserve in the inaccessible Sikhote Alin Mountains, Pollyanna lived in a log cabin in the forests, without running water or electricity. Here she had to walk out across the surface of a frozen river each evening to fill buckets of water through a hole in the ice – but all the hardships were worth it to get a sighting of a wild tiger. Pollyanna was also able to sketch a family of tiger cubs at a wildlife research station.
This account of her travels brings vividly to life one of the remotest and least visited wilderness areas remaining on earth – and shows the inspiration behind Pollyanna’s remarkable paintings.
Tickets £5.00 – must be booked in advance – contact 07976 605544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org