Do It Yourself
|THE HABITAT PROJECT
Report by Jean Grant
Habitat was the half term art project for the village. Three adult
and about fifteen young people were involved each day throughout the
It was planned as a special project for the young people, relating to
and yet constructively moving away from it. It also examined the
there is nowhere for young people to go in the village and no
|Like everything in my
to water pollution and sustainable self help.
We were very lucky with the weather: sunshine for the whole week. Even
days it snowed we worked outside.
Our aim was to use fallen tree trunks brought down the beck to create a
place and to improve a deserted, litter-strewn area of the village.
Unfortunately we could not afford planning permission so the thrones
we made have now gone to their owners’ gardens.
|The young people claimed the
site for a
week with a
flag. They decided to put the village slogan on the flag:
‘Do It Yourself’
The flag was drawn out and the name of everyone who had taken part in
project was written on it.
Then Amy, who had taken on organising the flag, found the problems of
get the flag into its hollow pole, which was well above her head. Her
after an exhausting half-hour of struggle, she finally managed to
herself ‘ was a joy to see.
|We used 3” thick planks
timber, chisels and
handsaws, and medieval nail less joints. The hard work and dedication,
each other in very difficult circumstances, left me with nothing but
for their perseverance.
The thrones were put together with wedges and put on the site for the
of the final day. There was a bonfire and a drumming session.
The young people are now thinking it might be possible to make a garden
Maybe they will have collected enough stuff by the summer….?
young people themselves
and Gillan Estate
and Cleveland Council
- all the names of the participants on the flag