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From Boardwalk to Catwalk

From Boardwalk to Catwalk: Model behaviour at Thursley

The stark beauty of Thursley National Nature Reserve (NNR) in the Surrey Hills has offered the perfect backdrop for a Harvey Nichols photo shoot promoting their spring/summer 2017 collection. The day saw a photo and video crew turn up to meet Reserve Manager, James Giles at the crack of dawn. Three models then donned the high end fashion clothing for photos on and off the boardwalk of the wetland site.

James Giles said:

“It was great to see how the team appreciated Thursley, which blew them away with its moody splendour, even on a cloudy day! Income generated by the photo shoot will help support conservation on site, ensuring a win-win for fashion and nature. ”

Thursley NNR’s 325 ha is nationally significant, containing one of the largest remaining fragments of once extensive area of heathland in Surrey, home to a wide range of birdlife, including the rare Dartford warbler. A boardwalk gives access to otherwise inaccessible acid mire, with unrivalled views of the bog habitats and their endangered wildlife, including sphagnum mosses that form the peat bog, early marsh orchid, bog asphodel, and the carnivorous plant, sundew. The nature reserve is one of the best sites for dragonflies in the country, with over 20 species of dragonflies and damselflies living around the open ponds and ditches of the reserve. These can be best enjoyed in summer months via Thursley’s Dragonfly Nature Trail.

Kim Hughson, Fashion Editor at Harvey Nichols, said:

“We had a wonderful day at Thursley and we’re so excited to see the final results. It’s allowed us to capture just a fraction of the beauty on offer at the reserve. We are totally smitten with the place and would love to visit again now summer is here.”

For fashion and nature inspiration – see the Harvey Nichols website, aptly described as ‘A New Dawn.