Trackway Installation

The final sculpture on the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail was installed at Hightown just before Christmas.

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This sculpture forms a trackway that runs along the new cycle path leading from Hightown to Crosby beach.

Over 20 feet of wood has been installed which contain artwork relating to the ancient man-made trackway that has been discovered in the area.

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For the artwork we visited Cambridge Children’s Centre and Brunswick Youth Club and delivered workshops based on metal embossing. The images are all of food that our ancestors would have eaten in the area.

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Going to the location we lay out the trackway

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making some on site adjustments


and then a little bit of digging and turf removal

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before lying them down and securing them in place.

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Huge thanks to Fiona, John and Rachel, to all at the Cambridge Children’s Centre and the super kids and staff at the Brunny. And as always to Phill and Joe – Adam, you were missed – such a super installation team.


Wooden Henges

Three Wooden Henges have been installed on the path at Birkdale, near the Weld Road car park. They are  in a small patch  of wetland   – perfectly sited with the artwork representing rare and endangered plant species in the area.

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These forms were inspired by the flora of the Birkdale hills and were used to inspire three Go with the Flow groups to make flowers and plant forms out of delicately twisted coloured wire.

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These were then set in resin inside recesses in the wooden henges, each one cut out by hand by Phill.

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When the three Henges were ready they were loaded onto a trailer, taken on site and unloaded, under Pepper’s watchful eye..

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and hauled into place

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so that digging could start.

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It was hot work –

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carefully monitored…

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only pausing  to rescue a toad deep in one of the holes..

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Finally the holes were deep enough to lift each Henge upright and set then in place.

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Making a beautiful trio.

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Thank you Go with the Flow Bootle and Southport. and Free Flow, Formby.

Bird Bench

The Bird Bench has been installed on the RSPB Marshside site on a lovely section of the coastal path that overlooks the wetlands.

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The Bench, hewn from a tree trunk by Phill Gregson, has individual artworks  embedded in resin in the wood.

We worked with the Natural Alternatives team based at Ainsdale to create the artwork using the ancient photographic process of Cyanotypes.



Through this workshop they created the delicate blue and white images of some of the birds that can typically be seen from the Bird Bench location.


The bird species used in the designs were suggested by Tony Baker, RSPB warden who came to the opening to see the results


We brought the bench on site and then positioned it to get the best view of the wetlands

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and for the team to test it out for comfort!

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Thanks to Tony Baker and United Utilities for enabling the choice of this site and to all at Natural Alternatives.


Installation of the Poles

The Poles for the stained glass pieces have been installed and rise like ancient sentinels on the sand dunes at Ainsdale.

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The poles arrived as tree trunks and have been transformed  along the way by the team…PHILS WOOD YARD (3)

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from their arrival as raw tree trunk logs..

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to  the stripping of the bark by Paul

and the creation of the window cavities by Phill.

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Finally they were ready to take on site and erect on top of the sand dunes opposite the ‘Star of Hope’ shipwreck.  We arrived with plenty of man-and-woman-power to unpack the van

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and walked up the dunes to assess the best spot for digging in the footings,

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checking the sight-line from the beach.

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The dunes are fragile, so the posts had to be carried up by hand – taking 8 of us in harness to lift  them up the steep slope one step at a time.

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Then the digging could start.

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When the holes were deep enough, the poles were guided in and embedded with more sand..

Great views!


and a well deserved lunch break – pies all round!

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We left the beautiful poles to overlook the dune path

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and await  the installation of the glass…..

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Big thanks to the lifting team:  Anna, Emily, Fiona, Phill, Joe, Adam, Sarah and Sian

The Lizard bench update!

How wonderful to see some people and their furry friends enjoying the Lizard bench down Fisherman’s Path – we thought we would share :

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Sheila’s lovely furry faces Bertie and Elliot

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Geoff and Hannah with the incredible Nico

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Jayne with her perfect little Jack Russels, Florrie and Mavis

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Cheryl with the friendliest dogs ever – Winston and Monty

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John with beautiful Luna.

Thanks so much for sharing these pictures! We love to see pictures of families and pets enjoying the sculptures so if you go visiting please do take a picture and share it with us via our facebook page:


Lizard Bench Installed on Fisherman’s Path

The Great Day has arrived for installing the Lizard Bench. We arrived early at Bridge Inn Community Farm to give the Lizard Bench a final buffing, then Phill and Adam guided it out to the van ready for the journey to the new home.

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The Bench was carefully escorted out of the building

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A sending off committee arrived with Thank You cards and after a quick photo opportunity ……

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we were off to the Natural England site, where the Lizards emerged….

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installing the Lizard Bench (17)The  Bench was finally set on its feet and settled into its new surroundings.


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Inspecting the Bench and the First Sittings!!

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Sarah’s celebration head stand!!!!

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It’s a beautiful site!

  Thanks to: Sarah and Sian’s design and concept; Phill’s routing; Adams assistance; Bridge Inn Community Farm; Hobby Island mosaics; John Dempsey and the Natural England Team, Pete, Tony and Sophie!

Lizard Bench – behind the scenes

With such a good response and interest in the Lizard Bench, we thought you might be interested to see the Lizards’ journey and all the preparation that went in to creating the Lizard Bench, from concept and design, to  Phill and team working on the wood, the mosaic work and the installation.


The sand lizard is an endangered species that lives along Sefton Coast. They have incredible hearing and are masters of disguise, blending into the marram grass perfectly making it unlikely for you to spot one on your rambles. In mating season the male turns the most amazing bright green – a stunning display that bewitches the females. This is what  inspired us to create the colourful lizards on our bench.

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We selected a log big enough which Phill then cut to size using his saw mill and his chain saw.

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… with a little help from us!

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Thinking about the three main visible sides of the bench we developed a lizard design which we then drew the on to the wood. Phill then used his router to cut out the shapes freehand.

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Sanding down the wood till it felt wonderfully smooth ready for the mosaic workshop.

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We are thrilled to be working with Bridge Inn Community Farm in Formby on this sculpture. This is a wonderfully inspiring place where the clients run a farm with sheep and pigs, lots of vegetables and have a brilliant art programme where they create wonderful art. We has super support and enthusiasm from John, Karl and the rest of the team, who were thrilled to be part of this project.

We started them off with a workshop session, then left the bench with them so they had time to finish gluing mosaic tiles into all four of the lizards.

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They all worked incredibly hard, coming up with some great ideas of pattern and shapes, using contrasting colours and finding the tiles which fit just right.

Meanwhile, we met the Natural England Team who took us off in their Land Rover to find a suitable site along the Fisherman’s Path Trail.

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We  found a great site. It offers a chance to sit and relax, enjoying the beautiful surroundings. And who knows, the lizards may see the wood as a lovely warm place to bask when nobody is around.

 Finally we went back to Bridge Inn Community Farm to complete the grouting …

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We then sanded back the wood and applied a fungicide, then the final touch of linseed oil and all was ready for the installation.

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Well done to a fantastic creative team!