FINGLE WOODS: AN ADVENTURE INTO ANOTHER WORLD
“The ancient warriors, the manorial landlords, coppice workers and forest managers have handed us the baton. We are now charged with recording our landscape conservation project for those who come after us.” This is sourced from an article (https://finglewoods.org.uk/2016/08/11/thehistory-of-fingle-woods-its-all-black-and-white/) and is utilised within our design concept through the creation of a learning journey of senses that encourages interaction and ‘the act of looking up’. The narrative put forward that characterises woodland features and processes aims to engage visitors and stimulate the imagination.The design is a simplistic modular seating component that can be arranged into complex configurations that guide and frame the surrounding woodland. The project incorporates the 3 briefs put forward: opportunities for learning and looking up that can be easily moved around the woods
“ Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. Terabithia tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world - huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile “
- Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world, teaching us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, history and surrounding contexts
The air is rich with the fragrance of leaves and loam, damp too. Even so many hours after the rains have passed, the soil remains wet, slowly releasing its heady fog. The dirt path ahead is decorated with outgrown roots, wildflowers and fallen leaves that crunch beneath your step amongst fairy rings of dark grass, scattered with toadstools, left by dancing feet.
To walk attentively through a forest, is to be caught by the abundance of life: ancient and new; underfoot and reaching into the light, but We might begin by looking for drama and adventure beyond the activities of humans alone.
We might begin by looking for drama and adventure beyond the activities of humans alone. The forest sky vanishes almost completely, only a few fragments of blue remain - like scattered pieces of an impossible jigsaw puzzle.
Project by: COREY SUTHERLAND, EVA MILLWARD, WILLIAM MARTYN, ELEANOR MOTT, SOPHIE JAMES, IASON NIELSON, ALICE ROBINSON-CARTER, MELISSA HAWKINS, CATRIONA DODD