As part of the Forestry Commission’s centenary celebrations, Stonehaugh village in Northumberland has three new totem poles.
An open day was held on 2nd November for the local community and those involved in the project in order to celebrate the occasion. John Paterson, Director of EGGER Forestry and Jonathon Stephens, Plant Manager Finance/Administration attended on behalf of EGGER.
The Stonehaugh totem poles have been an important feature since 1971, 20 years after the village was constructed to house the Forestry Commission workers who were establishing Kielder Forest.
Due to the natural lifecycle of timber the original poles eventually decayed and have had to be replaced, and this is their fourth inception. This time it is hoped their lifespan will be increased by inserting lengths of water main pipe into the ground to act as collars and protect against rot.
The poles have traditionally been created by local people supported by Wark Parish Council and local forestry staff, and this has also been this case this time.
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