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A Slice of Neroche arrives!
Ever wondered what lies beneath your feet when visiting Staple Hill? Take a look around the Easy Access Trail and you'll discover an exciting new geology sculpture called’ A Slice of Neroche’. The new sculpture provides a tactile model of the topography and land form of the Blackdown Hills scarp slope, highlighting the underlying geology in a simple, non-technical way suitable for all audiences.

Where it is:
TThe artist involved was sculptor Rob Jakes, and his raw material was an oak tree harvested locally from Staple Park Wood, only 1km from the viewpoint and was milled to size by a steam saw at the Blackdown Hills Woodfair

Installation day – putting the jigsaw together

-photo Hugh (left) and Rob (right) on installation day.

On Thursday 11th November the sculpture, which came in 35 numbered pieces was assembled on site by Rob. Despite the windy and wet weather the sculpture was finished before dusk. A team of people helped Rob to install the piece including the Neroche Apprentices, Sarah Douglas from Red Kite Environment and Carrie Mason who managed the project for Neroche. The Neroche Scheme would like to thank all those who helped with the sculpture especially, Hugh Prudden, a local geology expert, who provided invaluable geological advice for the piece. Hugh spoke of the slice:

‘The sculpture aims to portray the rock formations and landscape of Staple Hill on the northern edge of the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. The Blackdown Plateau, the escarpment with a landslide and marshy vale are shown on the top surface. The sides of the block summarise, in simplified terms, the underlying strata. Thus landscape and geology come nicely together. Visitors are enabled to read and understand the terrain set out
before them. The Somerset Geology Group was pleased to cooperate in the project as one of their aims is to promote an awareness and understanding of the Somerset’s outstanding geodiversity.’

To find out more about the geology of the local area please contact the Neroche office for a copy of Hugh’s book called “Geology and Landscape of Taunton Deane” (2001)

A film of the project is currently being produced by by Justin Owen and an article by Nick Gibbs can be read in ‘Living Woods’ magazine issue No.14

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