Local Landmarks – Bonds Meadow, Lowestoft

Jan Dungey leading an educational session

Over the winter of 1987/88 Amanda Glover and Maggie Campbell transformed a derelict piece of land on the edge of  Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft into an installation and sculpture park.

The project brought together environmentalists and artists to create decorative and functional features to enhance the overgrown wildlife area. It involved educational work with two lcal schools led by Jan Dungey. Two classes from Oulton Broad Primary School worked on the geometry of nature and designed plaques which were cast in concrete. Six pupils from Ashley Down Special School designed and made a circular concrete floor, the base for a sunset seat. Their designs came from objects found on site – tree bark, leaves, seeds and grasses.

The CoI artists worked with Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Manpower Services Commission team on three other features – a bramble tunnel, a memorial to the great gale of 1987 and a wooden shelter with bird boxes.

Waveney District Council Chairman, Bob Niblett, and the great and the good of the local environmental world attended the official,opening in February 1988.