Balnacra Arts by Vicky Stonebridge

Tree house

Our local development officer was contacted about a pitching for a TV programme. Build your community dream Tree house type idea. She had 3 days to get a proposal into the production company, explaining why our community needs a project to work together with members of the community to build a tree house. I was asked to do some design sketches, now having lived in wooden huts before & built myself sheds, shelters and a greenhouse from greenwood and reclaimed scraps, I have a rather organic approach to building design. With the turnaround time on this proposal there wasn’t even time to get the ruler out- who needs straight lines anyway.

We have the community grounds, the small wooded area behind the Smithy Heritage Centre, where my former pottery building is- I helped plant many of these trees in 1991. We have the organisation in the ‘Kirkton Woodland and Heritage group’ who are looking into a community woodlands buy out. Now would we have the community interest & enthusiasm?

The TV people liked the initial proposal and put us on the UK short list of 8 projects, 3 of which will be filmed. A representative and her camera came up on Friday 8th to meet members of the community, and make a short film to take back to the producers.  There was actually a good and enthusiastic turnout to meet her at the Smithy, we had lots of children and young people, different community groups represented. We talked to camera as a group about why our community needs support to stop it dying out, to preserve culture & heritage, to give young people something to do, to bring diverse committees and people together. a few of us then did individual interviews on camera- always a bit nerve wracking!   It was wonderful to see the childrens very genuine enthusiasm and listen to what they had to say. They had a good run about the grounds and had some brilliant ideas where to build a treehouse & what we could do with it. We should find out this week if the programme will go ahead. Filming and building would start in October.

I also noticed that the willow dome on the grounds needed a little work, so went back on the Saturday to weave the new growth in. I managed to poke myself badly in the eye with a stick, scratch my eyeball, partially loose my vision for 2 days and had to get driven to A&E 65 miles away. Whats that about suffering for art?

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One comment on “Tree house

  1. Lunar Hine
    July 11, 2011

    Sounds great, apart from the eyeball episode! Good luck.

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Very annoyed at this vandal who's been cutting down trees that don't belong to them in a small copse of trees i walk through everyday. If they're poor and desperate for firewood there's tonnes of felled seasoned logs just 12m away. Or fallen trees blocking paths nearby.  Or other places not far which need thinning out. Some people have no sense of a place, no respect for nature, no regard for the environment or how precious native trees are. I'm going to track them down, i take trees seriously. 😢 🌲💕
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