The Last Nut: A Fun Afternoon of Storytelling and Tree Hat Making

Why We Recommend it

Children’s book author Gavin Coates’ thought-provoking tale follows a little nut that grows into a mighty tree, only to see its surroundings wrecked by human over-development, before the tree drops one last nut and passes away.


Will the person who catches the last nut eat it or plant it? Found out the spellbinding end in the storytelling led by Coates, who is also a Landscape architect and Lecturer at Hong Kong University.

The session is followed by a workshop where children can create tree hats together with Coates and educators from Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Center with paper and cycle materials.

Born during the late 1950’s British baby boom, 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 Coates 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.


When: 28 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019 Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center – 9 Justice Drive – Admiralty