How does your garden grow? Abundance Pops Up in Taunton.

The Abundance Pop up Meadow has had such wonderful sunny weather for it’s tour of Taunton so far.

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The public display first arrived on the 6th August visiting Lyngford Park Craft Day, popping up next to Freya Morgan’s craft tent, where more beautiful bees, flowers and butterflies were being made by the Priorswood community.

The display then travelled to French Weir Fun Day on the 11th August where the purples in the flowers really lifted against the lush bright grass. Visitors were invited to join Freya making more sculptures and the pictures below show what a wonderful creative time was had by all.

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Since then the Abundance Pop up Meadow has visited the Priorswood Allotments Open Day on the 18th August, and Somerset Square (by the Brewhouse) from the 24th August until 7th September.

On Sunday 8th September they will be at the Longrun Meadow Open Day, you can find it just over the bridge from French Weir opposite the barn , and from then they will be shown as part of Somerset Art Weeks at Stoke St Mary Gardens between 21st and 24th September and The Walled Gardens of Cannington from 26th September until 6th October.

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Photographs by Nisha Haq

After that they will be returned to the four Taunton Schools that made them, Staplegrove C of E Primary School, North Town Primary School, Lyngford Park Primary School and Blackbrook Primary School.

Willow, weaving and watching the flowers grow.

Under the inspirational shadow of the Willow Cathedral at Longrun Meadow the children settled down to carefully observe their chosen plants and pollinators. The site visits to local cultivated areas were very important research, so the children could learn about the role that pollinators play as well as observe the shapes and colours for their sculptures.

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At school, working in groups of three the children began by bending willow to make the framework of their plant or insect. Once the shape was tied in place with string they moved on to the next stage. They carefully inserted garden netting into the hollow frame. This required careful measuring and a degree of manual dexterity to keep in it all in place using sticky tape and string. Then coloured strips from re-claimed fabrics were used to weave the bodies, being careful to match the colours correctly, so that each sculpture looks realistic.

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Finally, you have a beautiful finished object ready to be part of the Abundance Pop Up Meadow. In all approximately 40 pieces will have been made by around 140 Taunton primary school children.

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The Pop Up Meadow will be visiting  Lyngford Park Craft Day on 6th August 11am-3pm, French Weir Fun Day 11th August 12 noon- 4pm Priorswood Allotments 18th August (2-5.30pm £4 entry, child free)  as part of the National Gardens Scheme, Somerset Square Taunton (by the Brewhouse) 24th August and  Longrun Meadow Fun Day 8th September times to be announced.

Plus, during Somerset Art Weeks, details coming soon.

Photographs by Nisha Haq featuring pupils from North Town Primary School.