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New Crows Nest Feature at Mini Explorers

Thanks to some funding from the Jack Petchey Award Scheme and with the help from Stephen at Creative Nature, the ADO Mini Explorers have a brand new feature in the garden for the start of the new term. This fantastic new feature is a crafted and hand-built Crows Nest, which has been built using natural materials from the woodland at Poets Corner and re-cycled wood from donations.

This exciting project to build the new activity had been in the pipeline for some while now, but the funds from Jack Petchey and the design and build from Stephen made it a reality. Stephen is a skilled craftsman with building decorative or practical wood designs, woodcarving and willow weaving amongst a long list of other skills.  He also runs regular courses for the public to learn new skills working with wood. Over the Easter Holidays, Stephen and our very own Joe Greenwood set about building the initial stages to provide the support for the Crows Nest using a large Sycamore tree as the backdrop. It was a great opportunity for Joe to learn some great techniques off the craft-meister himself. Once the frame had been built, the main standing area could be assembled, before the perimeter rails were fitted into to place and a bannister attached. The Crows Nest was completed with a natural wood built ladder for the mini's to climb up to the Crows Nest.

The result is a fantastic new feature for the Mini-Explorers to use in their garden every day, providing endless adventures for them. 

For those interested in learning some traditional wood working skills, check out Stephen's website at and get yourself booked onto one of his workshops.


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