Thursday, 20 May 2010

What a Difference a Week Makes!

A site visit to Crow Wood today showed just how much progress the contractors have made on site. The timber walkway on the low side of the site is now all but complete, with beautifully tapered timbers snaking around the edge of the playscape. The pod swing area has a distinct look of completion thanks to a green carpet of turf covering the encasing mound.

The slide has now been installed, and work will continue to construct a seating area adjacent to the slide platform. The badger sett is starting to take shape - you can see the tunnels in situ as the contractors begin to build up the earth around them.

The pyramid walkways look absolutely great and are almost complete following their dramatic lift into site by helicopter. Attention will now turn to the new access pathways and the treehouse, so check back for more images!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Progress Update

The build is really coming on well this week - good weather is certainly helping out so long may it continue. The National Trust volunteers have made a start on dismantling the boundary dry stone wall to allow for the new double width gate. Excavations to start work on resurfacing old pathways and creating new ones will shortly commence, and the excavated material will be re-used on site rather than being taken to landfill.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Site Progress

Photo by Groundwork Cheshire

The project team came together for a site meeting on Friday to review progress. Since the towers were installed by helicopter, work has moved on with good pace as the contractors now have good access to the entire site and can work around the main tower features.

As the photographs demonstrate, the swing frames are in and the boulders, sandpits and decking are starting to take shape. The towers are stunning, and the project staff were lucky enough to have their first sneak peak of the view from up inside the towers!

Work on the tree house will commence this week, so check back for more news and photos.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Brookside Primary School Help Out

Pupils from Brookside Primary School had a great day out at Lyme Park yesterday, and gave the playscape project team a helping hand.

Brookside students got involved in the project by making new bird boxes that will go into the playscape to encourage more wildlife to use the space so that children will be able to see birds up close whilst playing in the woodland.

The pupils then explored the Lyme Park gardens before planting wildflower seeds.

More Photos

For those of you with a real interest in the event, take a look at our series of photographs. Video to follow...

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The Story of the Helicopter Day in Pictures

The towers are constructed on the car park area
Photo by Groundwork Cheshire

The helicopter makes the journey to Lyme Park from Cornwall

Photo by Sarah Dawe

Staff attach the strop to the towers as the helicopter expertly hovers

Photo by Sarah Dawe

The tower is carried over towards Crow Wood

Photo by Sarah Dawe

Staff discuss the complex procedures

Photo by Adam White

The helicopter lowers the tower into position

Photo by Adam White