A DORSET furniture designer has been chosen to design creative seating and animal homes at locations along the River Lim path.
Alice Blogg will work with environmental arts charity Common Ground to deliver her design concept ‘Perching Places’. The charity seeks imaginative ways to engage with projects linked to the local environment, highlighting ‘local distinctiveness’, and Alice plans to use locally-sourced materials to create pieces themed on the River Lim’s historical watermills.
Creative, robust wooden seating and small bird/animal homes will encourage people to stop at places along the path, to perch on seats and take in the natural river path views and wildlife and to be inspired by the river connections to the mill industry.
Alice said: “‘Perching Places’ is an exciting opportunity to design and make architectural seating and animal architecture which doesn’t impose on the existing eco-system of the river and the surrounding habitats.
“The project tells the story of the River Lim through the cogs and wheels of the mills that have been on the river since the 13th century, and of the river’s journey from Uplyme to its river mouth at Lyme Regis.
“With locally-sourced wood at its heart, this project is all I love about being a furniture maker.
“Having the arts charity Common Ground as a sounding board has helped me shape my ideas and has made me look at this project in a more microscopic way. I am really looking forward to making these pieces and seeing them finished in their setting on the River Lim this coming summer.”
Improvements to the River Lim path between Lyme Regis seafront and the the Town Mill, and on to Uplyme, have been taking place over the last year and the path and has seen new improved surfacing, signage, replacement of a bridge, gates and posts and a new footway alongside the B3165 in Uplyme, near the village hall, connecting the path to the rest of the East Devon Way.
River Lim walking maps have also been produced and widely distributed, to celebrate and promote the enhanced path, highlighting areas of historical interest and wildlife along the way.
The free ‘Z-Card’ maps are available at Lyme Regis Museum, the Tourist Information Centre, accommodation providers and other outlets in and around Uplyme and Lyme Regis.
The River Lim Path project is part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects along the Dorset Coast, which aims to support and boost the economies of Dorset’s coastal areas. The range of projects connect urban coastal areas to rural coastal areas, working to promote and sell the Dorset coast as a whole.
The project is being funded by a grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and partner organisations, and is co-ordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum.
Specifically, the Lyme Regis to Uplyme path project is led by LymeForward in partnership with The Arts Development Company and Dorset and Devon county councils.