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An oak structure for Presteigne play area


A short while ago we put up a small frame in Presteigne park to serve as a weather shelter for kids during the rainy season (11 months of the year…)

We were asked to contribute the frame, and despite trying really hard to find a reason to say no, we couldn’t, and so rustled up this little number in the workshop.

Powys County Council donated and prepared the concrete base, and so one quiet morning when no one was around (if memory serves it might have been during the royal wedding) we snuck down to the park to have a play on the kids equipment, and then to perform some guerrilla frame erecting.

Oak playground

Arriving at the park and unloading. Note the 4WD jeep we used in the background.

Presteigne Rob Dawson

Involved in this clandestine operation were old hands Rob and Jake, plus newbies Alithea and Rune.

Castle Ring Oak frame

Team Castle Ring beavering away

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Alithea getting in on the act

Presteigne

Action shot – truss assembly with vital sawing work by Rune

Castle Ring Oak frame Presteigne

Taking shape now. Rune still busy with that saw…

Playground oak frame

Posing on the roof

Jake fixing the ridge down

Presteigne playground Powys

Larkin’ about

Rob Alithea Dawson Presteigne

Primates…

Oak Frame Presteigne

Castle Ring Oak Frame Presteigne

From start to finish we had the whole thing up and pegged together in under an hour before Alithea (our designated getaway driver) drove us pedal to the metal to a safe house to lay low for a few hours.

Coloured tin sheets were fitted some time later, and no doubt the whole thing can now be spotted from outer space.

Presteigne playground Powys

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