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In May the Meet & Greet container finally arrived. We had to get planning permission to site it at the Pont-ar-daf, which required it to look nothing like a container. The answer was to heavily disguise it as a shed!

Pont-A-Daf container a

A big secure box

 

The woods team put aside some Larch trees from the plantation only a stones throw from where the container is sited. This was cut and milled to produce waney edge boards to use as cladding and 4×2’s to attach it to

Pont-A-Daf container b

The roof needed to be corrugated tin sheeting and it also needed to have separate doors. I certainly did a bit of head scratching working out the best way to do it!

Pont-Ar-Daf c

A plan is coming together

 

I got two of my Volunteers, Allan and Kathy to make the doors. After a bit of trial and error with the hinges (finding something strong enough to take the weight) we got the doors on.
As anyone who has fitted waney edge board will know it is not as straight forward as you might think to get a random pattern, it takes a bit of working out!

Pont-ar-daf container d

Pre-planned randomness

 

Meet and Greet Shed 002

Looks just like a shed

 

Here’s the shed finished. As you can see you wouldn’t know there was a container underneath it. I would estimate a quarter of the time it took me to build this was spent talking to people using the area, so I think the Meet & Greet Volunteers are going to be kept very busy!

Cheers,
Simon – Estate Ranger

Have a lot of enthusiasm for the Brecon Beacons to share? Interested in becoming one of our Meet & Greet volunteers? Find out more by contacting Rob via brecon@nationaltrust.org.uk

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