Dorset maker Alice Blogg and arts and environments charity Common Ground have installed their new creative seating and animal architecture in Lyme Regis

 Furniture designer and maker Alice Blogg has completed and installed bespoke creative seating and animal homes at three locations along the River Lim Path in Lyme Regis. The new sustainable, wooden seating and innovative animal homes encourage passers by to stop and enjoy the natural  views, wildlife, and rich history of the river and its connections to the mill industry.

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 Seating locations and design

 Three seats have been installed at the Glen in Uplyme, Windsor Terrace and at the small park near the Ford at Millstream. Each one has been inspired by the history of the local mill industry and their designs echo the large cogs, millstones and water wheels that you can still see at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis.

“This has been a fantastic project to develop, together with a wider team of people in the making and installation of the seating. It is wonderful to be involved in such project, which has drawn its inspiration from the Lim Valley’s environment and heritage. I very much hope that those walking the path will enjoy the benches and that they add to people’s overall experience and enjoyment of the path.” – Alice Blogg 

Animal Architecture

Alice has designed and created animal homes for bees, bats and birds that have been installed in trees close to the seating. She collaborated with bee expert, Matt Somerville and made the homes with the help of students at the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy at a workshop in June. Will Reed of the Academy said;

” We were delighted to participate in this most interesting and very local project, which involved the students working with large tree trunks and different tools, which was great contrast to their usual work on boat building and gave a great insight into the diversity of working with wood.”

About this Project

This project is part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio, coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. 18 projects across Dorset’s Coast will improve physical, digital and emotional connections between people and the spectacular Dorset Coast. These projects all benefit from funding from the Coastal Community Fund, a grant from central government, to improve coastal areas and are coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.

This Lyme Regis to Uplyme path project has been led by LymeForward in partnership with us at The Arts Development Company, Dorset Council’s Countryside Rangers Project Development and Devon County Council Countryside and Rights of Way Teams, as well as local landowners.

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