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Second Family and Community Day (August 2010)

A selection of photographs taken of the second Family Day event, organised by the Northmoor Trust, at Thrupp Lake.
18th August 2010


The second community family event at Thrupp Lake organised by the Northmoor Trust brought together the regular volunteer workforce and local families in a community event to help build a shelter on the shore of Thrupp lake. It is hoped the shelter will provide a place for people to sit and enjoy the lake in any weather.

Thursday 18 August was another fine day, and a large number of people turned up to make their contribution to the construction of the shelter, an original and unique design that, we are told, will take the form of a lily. The main effort of the day was directed at attaching hundreds of cedar wood shingles to the wooden frame, which had been erected during the previous weeks, – a sufficiently undemanding task for just about everyone who came to be able to contribute to. By the end of the day the roof was complete up to a level reachable by people on the ground.


Refreshments were provided courtesy of the Northmoor Trust, and, despite it being essentially a work event, it was an very much an enjoyable, rather than arduous, occasion for all who came.


First of all, a briefing on the nature of the task

– to attach a large pile of cedar wood shingles to the already constructed frame.



And then it was down to work.


As the adults tackled one side of the ‘bud’, the children got to work on the other…


while inside, construction of the front canopy was beginning.




Many hands made light work of attaching the many roof shingles.




As the day went on, more people arrived eager to help and good progress was made
The shelter is an example of what is known as “green build” which makes use of sustainably-sourced materials and low-impact construction methods to create a naturalistic design sympathetic to its surroundings.
The result of these efforts – an emerging copper-coloured bud glowing in the weak sunshine. The colour, while attractive for now, is only temporary. The unfinished cedar wood will soon weather and darken, and the structure will eventually merge into the landscape.


As for its eventual shape, we will have to wait and see…



The view across the lake from inside the shelter.


Over the next few months, the Northmoor Trust will be carrying out work to improve access to the site, and replacing the fences and metal gate around some parts of the lakes.

Other plans include establishing a circular walking route around the lake, and building an environmentally friendly visitors’ centre.

Further events are planned over the coming weeks and months to assist with these tasks.

Please watch the events information on this website for updates about these.

If you have any questions about these future events, contact melati.cox@northmoortrust.co.uk

 For more information please visit the appropriate links below.  


Related Links

The Oxford Mail, 24 August 2010

The Herald, 23 August 2010

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