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A Task Not Without its Ups and Downs by Patrick Browne

Posted by sheiladearing on 25 Apr 2012 at 10:34 AM

As part of the on-going development of the copse in the Bicentenary Arboretum my colleagues and I rescued a rustic style See-Saw from its long term resting place in the yard, knocked the cobwebs and began to install it ready for the summer.

Phil Peard skillfully maneuvred a three ton excavator between the trees to dig out a suitable trench ready for the ton of concrete required to ensure that the See-Saw remained steady in the ground. John Bridge tirelessly mixed load after load and transported them to the site to the accompaniment of “just one more load John”

After five days, the time came to fit the See-Saw platform to the upright gantry. Matt Fry oversaw the installation and it was time for the all-important test. The See-Saw has no seats and the users move their body weight backwards and forwards to create up and down movement. We found it does not work too well if one user is much heavier than the other (I did have a lot of coins in my pockets that day).

Here we are with the onerous task of testing the see saw.

I think that the See-Saw is a great addition to the Copse and will give our younger visitors a chance to let off some steam whilst enjoying the gardens. There’s no age limit mind you, it can be used by children of any age…..60, 70, 80, and beyond.

Patrick Browne

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