The Last Nut


Hidden Forests Education Programs

The Last Nut

Illustrated by Gavin Coates

Registration 2:45pm
Starts 3:00pm
Finish 4:30pm

*This storytelling session is designed for children aged 5-10.

A thought provoking tale of a little nut that grows into a mighty tree, only to see its surroundings wrecked by human over-development. Eventually the tree drops one last nut as it passes away.

Will the person who catches the nut eat it or plant it? We don’t find exactly how the story ends but we do find out who is holding the last nut…

This storytelling is led by the author of The Last Nut, Gavin Coates, who is also a Landscape architect and Lecturer at HKU. Followed the storytelling, children will create tree hats together with Gavin and educators from Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Center with paper and cycle materials! Bring out the artistic and creative talents of your children, and together we’ll all join to become forests of the future!

A product of the late 1950's British baby boom, Gavin Coates studied Landscape Architecture at Leeds Polytechnic. After graduating in 1980 he joined leading British landscape consultancy, Brian Clouston and Partners in London, transferring in 1982 to the Hong Kong office BCP Hong Kong (now ACLA Limited). He participated in several Key Projects for the Hong Kong Government including Tseung Kwan O New Town infrastructure, various public housing estates, Yuen Long Town Park and the design of the waterfall area of Hong Kong Park. From the late 80's Gavin has worked as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist for a wide range of clients, notably as editorial cartoonist for the imail and Hong Kong Standard from 2000 - 2008. He is the author of a number of environmental illustrated children's books.

Storytelling Ticket Holders can enjoy a special discount on Hidden Forests Afternoon Tea Set at AMMO on the same day from 15:30-18:30:
Tea set for one $220; Tea set for two $380.

  • You are required to present electronic confirmation to enjoy the special discount Tea Set.
  • Tea Set must be enjoyed on the program day.
Hidden Forests Tea Set

This program is supported by Hidden Forests education partner, Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre.


The exhibition is made possible with generous support from Burger Collection, Hong Kong and Boris Yeung and Amy Ng. Additional support is provided by Moiz Zilberman and Pegi and Michael Touff.

Event Details

Sun 28 Jul 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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Asia Society Members $80; Non-members $120
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