Abberton Reservoir, managed by Essex Wildlife Trust, is one of our long standing and most trusted clients who come back to us time and time again. As Flights of Fantasy, we have built an outdoor play area and as The Wild Deck Company, our sister company, we have built five bird hides, a children’s visitor centre, and a sand martin bank.
The Brambly Hedge Nature Trail at Abberton Reservoir is a nature trail that incorporates seven wooden carvings. Each one stands taller than most children and captures the characteristics of the real characters.
The Grand Opening
The Brambly Hedge Nature Trail was opened during a special event by Lizzie Barklem, daghter of Jill Barklem, who wrote the Brambly Hedge series. We are incredibly grateful that she attended the event and that we were able to introduce our characters to so many people at a fun-filled family event.
If you know the books, you’ll recognise each of the characters below. We took time to capture their defining features so that they would be known to lovers of Brambly Hedge.
Two Years of British Weather
After a couple of years living outside in the Great British weather, day and night, we paid a visit to check how they were doing and for the most part, they look as good as they day they left the workshop. Take a look at the photos below to see how they stood up to the weather over the first couple of years.
Other Creations At Abberton Reservoir
Designing Your Wooden Sculptures And Carvings
Please use Brambly Hedge Nature Trail as inspiration for your own project, but don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. We love a challenge and as everything we create is entirely bespoke, we can make whatever it is that you desire. Please also take a look at our wooden sculptures and carvings page, as well as our outdoor play areas page where we have incorporated many sculptures into our play area designs.