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National Trust News: Swing With The National Trust

"Fourteen new beautifully designed swings have been hung from the treetops at National Trust properties across south Somerset for visitors to enjoy this summer,'' Jeannette Heard announces.

The swings range from a copper seat shaped as a huge oak leaf at Montacute house, a traditional swing made from felled horse chestnut trees at Barrington Court and the sensory Herbal Pod Swing at Lytes Cary Manor.

Designed to provoke nostalgic memories of childhood fun and to encourage visitors out into areas not always visited, the swings are dotted around the grounds and gardens of four Trust locations in South Somerset. Most of the individual swings have a particular theme, and have been inspired
by stories from the houses, gardens and surrounding area.

"We all have those memories of Summer days spent playing on creaky swings surrounded by the smell of grass," said Richard Higgs, National Trust General Manager for South omerset. "We wanted to let our visitors relive those memories, perhaps in a little more relaxing way, with a very varied choice of swings and seats dotted around our sites, just waiting to be discovered, tried and enjoyed."

The highlights are two large copper swings fashioned as oak leaves created by designer Stephen Myburgh who is known for his unique garden furniture which is both functional and sympathetic to the environment.

"Stephen's garden swings have a sculpture like quality to them, and are inspired by some of the most beautiful places in our gardens. We hope they will give visitors an unusual place to sit and enjoy the views across Montacute and Barrington," Richard continued.

Other designs include one created by volunteers at Montacute House, inspired by the burning basket, the emblem of the Phelips family who previously lived there, and Tranquility, a three seater swing with a fanned back at Tintinhull Garden.

"We're well known for these inspiring and intriguing houses but many of our visitors don't venture out to discover that the gardens and grounds can give just as much enjoyment, out in the fresh air. By seeking outthese swings dotted around the landscape, we hope they will find new places of interest, as well as a new way of having fun," Richard concluded.

The fourteen swings are scattered around the grounds of Barrington Court, Lytes Cary Manor, Montacute House and Tintinhull Garden. Forsafety, the trees from which the swings are hung have all been rigorously inspected and each swing will be checked daily by National Trust staff.

For more information visit
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacutehouse
or
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington

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