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Friday, 24 January 2014

The Daisy Field bench has been installed!



Yesterday, the bench was installed at the Daisy Field in Shirehampton and I went along to help. It looks great, situated next to a small orchard and looking out over the field, which is next to Shirehampton railway station.
The bench is the result of a collaboration between me, LinkAge and the Wild City Project, with local people from Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston doing much of the carving and cutting the joints to fit it together during three teaching sessions in November and December 2013.


The ground around the bench is now a bit churned up from the installation, but will grow back in spring to be a wildflower meadow.


The bench is made of wood from Sweet Chestnut, Oak and Larch trees. The carvings on the backrest commemorate the horses and mules that were trained on the site to be sent to the battles of World War One.




Thanks again to everyone involved in making the bench for their hard work. 




You can see more about how we made it by clicking on the links below:

The Boiling Wells roundhouse roof- eight months on.


Here's a couple of images of the repaired roundhouse roof, eight months after the last of the sedum had been laid. It's looking good! 
We had to put some black net around the back of the roof, as a fox or some other wildlife was getting up there and pulling up the sedum mat to look for food. The very dry summer last year also gave the roof a bit of a hard time and meant that a few buckets of water needed to be thrown over it. However, it has grown well to cover a lot of the timber terracing and hopefully next year will see it flourish again.