July was a busy month for winter and we were looking forward to the completion of a new pergola. So far, the footings were complete (thanks to Phil Marshall) and the forest stewardship timber had been delivered.
Axel Richter, an architect and owner builder, kindly offered his design and building services with Garden members and volunteers providing the labour. We were hoping to have the pergola completed ready for our August 4th Open Day. We were lucky with the weather!
By the end of the first day the structure was up and waiting for the roof battens to go on.
The planning and dreaming of a covered pergola to provide extra shelter for members and guests in both hot and cold weather seems to have taken an age. And now, in a matter of days we have an impressive structure almost completed.
We give thanks to Axel for his generous gift of time and skills in building this pergola, which we are tempted to call Axel’s Pavilion.
The next stage is preparing the ground for the paving.
We plan to complete the paving (kindly donated by Phil Marshall) in the coming months. Then we will have a Pergola Warming party for members, friends and especially those great community-minded folk that gave their time to create this terrific infrastructure for our community – Phil Marshall & Nick Blatch, Axel Richter, Shayne Turner, James Baldwin, Kevin Roberts, John Marks & John Scott.
And we mustn’t forget our regular members who were also part of the builder’s labouring team – Joy, Kathi, Jack, Adam, Jo and Jill.