Back in March, I was visiting Meethill School in Peterhead to do some twilight training. The nursery have been working hard to develop their outdoor space. One of my favourite features were the stumps in the photo above.
Stumps are the ultimate fantasy miniature world place. They contain detail at a micro level which allows anyone’s imagination to run riot. In the photo below, the stumps have been planted with flowers which add to the potential play value.
If you manage to acquire a stump, then think about its situation. If you look closely in the photo below, the stump has been raised off the ground and pebbles placed underneath. This creates a miniature underworld or cave.
If you are very lucky, somewhere in your local area there maybe an upright stump. I found the beauty below in Nida in Lithuania.
The other place which I’ve found to have decent stumps has been Martin Mere, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre. They were features in a lot of the pens. Presumably, the wildfowl and birds find them useful too – probably as a source of insects who might live there.
The stumps were also used as decorative features outwith the pens, such as this raised bed. However, given the height of this feature, I’m sure that more than a few children have stopped to investigate 🙂
In Lossiemouth there is an upside down stump. It looks like a recent addition to the space outside this artist’s house. It must have a substantial trunk below the ground to remain stable and perhaps it’s even been sunk into concrete. I wonder if it will be decorated in any way…
If you like stumps, then you might enjoy other blog posts about stumps. I didn’t realise I had so many!