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Cwtch Dan Helyg (Willow Den)

  • Sheddie:

    Jim and Gay Acres
  • Location:

    In the garden by a pond in a bog under and surrounded by willow trees - Ceredigion
  • First entered:

  • More than £500

Features

We open our garden for charity under the National Garden Scheme. We love to bring joy, and a sense of magic and wonder to our visitors, while raising funds for cancer charities. This unique shed makes people smile, it gives joy, it stimulates imagination and fantasy, adults revert to happy childhood.

We built the shed, and everything in it especially for children (and the young at heart). All the furniture is child (or elf) size, the wood for the furniture, and the vases, is from our own trees. The "cooker" is made from a broken wood burner, plus other bits of scrap. The sink unit is made from an old bed stead, the back of an old cast iron bench, and some left over tiles. The "books" are wooden off cuts, covered in fabric and painted. Two of them have secret compartments

Other info

The start of the Cwtch was finding a broken fire place in a skip at the recycling yard. We repaired it, painted it, added mantelpiece and hearth, and put it in a snug looking space under a willow tree in the garden. We made a building to fit that space, the fireplace as the focal point.

Fence posts marked the corners, and the walls between them were of strand board, faced with bamboo. The roof was extremely challenging, as the building was such an irregular polygon with no right angles, within a thicket of willows, in a very wet bog, with a stream running alongside.

We made the structure from battens, like an umbrella, and used plywood in between, backed with roofing felt. No 2 panels were the same.

The top was made from panels of opaque poly-carbonate, topped by a cap made from a copper water tank and a copper bowl. As the floor was so boggy, we laid down a foot of sheep's fleece, topped by 3 tons of gravel, then an outdoor carpet. It feels dry, with a slight softness.

It is an utterly unique building, made to fit this space, and not constricted by any plan, imagination free to fly.

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