New Benches Installed in Shelter
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New Benches Installed in Shelter

Visitors to the Moor shelter can at last rest their weary legs and take in a view across the Moor thanks to Friends of the Moor’s latest installation.

Two bespoke rustic wood benches have been installed in the community shelter by the Friends using funds donated by the Coop. The Coop chose Friends of the Moor for their Local Community Fund in 2018 and donated over £2,500.

The installation of seating in the shelter has been on the cards since it was first installed in 2013 and the benches look out over the Moor and are positioned to keep the majority of the shelter open and available for different activities.

Friends of the Moor sought to find benches that would fit in with the rustic wood shelter and which included armrests and backs to ensure they were suitable for all ages to use. The Friends chose Loughborough based carpenter Ian Varley of Rustic Carpentry to create the benches which were then assembled on site.

“We wanted something special for the shelter and these benches are exactly that; they have a great vista across the Moor and are built to last” said chair of Friends of the Moor Adam Keppel-Green.

The Friends’ next project is designing a trim trail for the Moor. “We are looking at a wooden trim trail to blend in with the natural environment and hope to be able to consult on our ideas later this year” Adam added.

Friends of the Moor is a group of volunteers working together to promote and improve the Moor and Barncroft for leisure and recreation. The Friends are looking for new committee members to help drive their work and anyone interested in helping keep these green spaces great can contact Adam on

You can see more of Ian’s work at:

Photo: Adam Keppel-Green, Andrew Malloy with son Adam Malloy and Jacquie Grinham.

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