Recently I decided to renew the path through my garden. It is open to the public, and on a steep slope, so updating the path and making it easier for visitors to access was crucial.
Finding suitable material was a challenge. The path is on a slope and curves around corners, and the loose chips and wooden edging (made from recycled fence wood) served its purpose but was never ideal.
However following a visit to Michaelswood, in Aith (have you been? You must visit if not!) I saw the perfect solution. Certain parts of the path there are made from a chunky wooden plank walkway with galvanised chicken wire laid over it for grip. I decided to use this method, and now that it’s in place it looks great, and importantly, feels good to walk on.
When cutting the planks down to the right length I was always left with a spare piece of wood, 30cm long. As you know I love to recycle and couldn’t see these pieces going to waste, so took the opportunity to design a new style of painted wood art.
I already paint onto recycled scaffolding boards, but these are often quite difficult to transport - too large for visitors from abroad to carry home with them, for example. However these new pieces are a much easier size to manage.
The first one has sold already, to the Netherlands no less! I have another 10 painted, some are in stock at Mackenzies farm shop in Cunningsburgh, and the others are on my website.