Brambly Hedge Nature Trail

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Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust, Abberton Reservoir is one of our most trusted clients who have come back to us many times over the years to build new creations for them. Thus far we have made six bird hides (one which doubles as a children’s visitor centre), a sand martin bank, and an adventure play area (as Flights of Fantasy). These particular creations are hand crafted and hand painted wooden sculptures based upon Jill Barklem’s delightful children’s book series, Brambly Hedge.

We were lucky enough to open the Brambly Hedge Nature Trail at a special event which was attended by Lizzie Barklem – daughter of Jill Barklem who wrote the series. Each sculpture is taller than many children and encapsulates the features of the real characters, making them instantly recognisable to anyone who is familiar with the books.

The following pictures were taken a couple of years after the installation of the nature trail, demonstrating how well our creations stand up to the great outdoors – even with the lovely British weather beating down upon them!


Other Creations At Abberton Reservoir

Hide Bay Hide


A large, sedum roof bird hide with entrance ramp and screen fencing.

Gwen’s Hide


A sedum roofed bird hide with an access ramp and screens.

Children’s Visitor Centre


A dual purpose structure that functions as both a bird hide and a children’s information centre.

Island Hide


A large, cedar shingle roofed bird hide with a screened entrance ramp.

Wigborough Bay Hide


A small, raised bird hide with an open back. We built two like this.

Outdoor Play Area

Rustic Wooden Play Area

A rustic, themed play area by our sister company, Flights of Fantasy.

Sand Martin Bank

A unique design located on an island, this structure offers a nesting place for sand martins.

Designing Your Perfect Wooden Carvings

This is just one project among the many that we have undertaken in the past. Take a look at some of our other wooden sculptures and carvings to see what else we have created. We can work to any brief to create whatever you are looking for, and relish the challenge of undertaking unique design projects. Whether you have loose ideas or an exact specification, please get in contact with us to discuss what you are looking for. We look forward to hearing from you.