This has yet to be made and indeed on a recent visit I notice the trees first envisaged have been felled. However we did get the opportunity to try the idea on a smaller scale during our work on the Life and Cycle Trail. We wanted to highlight some habitat improvement work on Coney Gut, a small stream which had been straightened and was being managed in an un sustainable way.
Keith Thomas, a blacksmith with an artistic eye for birds in motion formed the three elements by squashing pipe and Ben Short helped with the installation.
The habitat improvement involved getting agreement from the Environment Agency to manage the stream in a better way clearing weed by hand with trainee rangers instead of scraping it into a clean ditch with a digger on a regular basis. We also used a granite block to dam it creating a larger pool better for small fish and the kingfisher that fishes this stretch.
Coir rolls incorporating seeds being installed to quickly establish natural vegetation along the banks which could be vulnerable during flood events.
|The three elements line up as you reach the kingfishers spot and the sculpture appears.|