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Friday, 22 May 2015

Tree house at Lanercost school is a real treasure

Children at a primary school near Brampton have a new place to play, thanks to wood sculptor Alister Neville.

Lanercost tree house photo
From left, Nicola Robinson, William Hall, Jamie Elliott, Claire MacDonald and Melissa Garson with wood sculptor Alister Neville

It took Mr Neville two weeks to build a tree house for youngsters at Lanercost C of E School, where his daughter Kate, six, is a pupil. Originally planned to look like a ship, it was inspired by a series of lessons about buried treasure.

Senior teacher Carl Laithwaite said staff and children were delighted with the building, which was declared open at a ceremony last Wednesday.

He said: “The younger ones are all really enjoying it so far, and the older ones are waiting patiently for their turn. It didn’t look very ship-like in the end, but it works very well with the space that we’ve got.”

Surrounded by hawthorns and apple trees, the house was constructed on stilts in the garden of the reception area.