NY7976 : New totem poles in preparation

taken 2 months ago, near to Stonehaugh, Northumberland, Great Britain

New totem poles in preparation
New totem poles in preparation
The celebrated totem poles of Stonehaugh were first fashioned by forestry workers in 1971 at a time when chainsaws were a novelty. After the base of the poles rotted, they were replaced in 1982 and again in 1992. In 2018, the poles were taken down for a third time; after removing the rotten parts, the truncated totem poles have been re-erected behind the village hall.

Meanwhile work is under way to prepare a fourth set of poles. Forestry England have donated three 80ft larch tree trunks. Responsibility for the three new designs has been undertaken separately by Eggers, the timber board manufacturers in Hexham, by the Forestry England in discussion with Wark First School, and by the National Park. Northumbria Water have supplied sections of water main pipe to protect against base rot.

It had been hoped to complete the reinstallation in 2019 in time to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Forestry Commission, but this now looks somewhat unlikely.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 2 October, 2019   (more nearby)
Friday, 4 October, 2019
Geographical Context
People, Events  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 7902 7612 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:4.7450N 2:19.8089W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 79015 76147
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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