While every effort has been made to protect the Heath’s landscape and environment during the Ponds Project, some trees were felled earlier this year to enable the designs to be built.
One of these felled trees, an oak from Stock Pond, has recently been used as an interactive art exhibit at the Royal College of Art.
The Heath’s tree team were approached by a pair of art graduates – Thor Ter Kulve and Robert McIntyre – who needed a tree to use in their degree show.
The artists have created a new way to climb trees – strapping steps around the trunk to form a spiral staircase up to out-of-reach branches. The Canopy Stair comprises modular wooden platforms made from curved birch plywood allowing people to climb a tree with ease.
The oak was identified as being a perfect size and the Heath’s tree team agreed to loan the tree for use in the art show.
The next challenge was how to move a one and a half ton tree trunk across London. Luckily, BAM Nuttall the Ponds Project Contractor, had the correct equipment and offered to help transport the tree on the back of one of their vans.