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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Jelley

Pride in Priorswood

Just last week, Michelle Rumney and myself created a grass labyrinth in an area of Taunton called Priorswood. Both Michelle and myself have been working in partnership as artists in residence with Arts Taunton and were approached to create one for their summer events at Lyngford Park.

Every Tuesday across the summer the area has an event in the park which is only promoted to locals (we were specifically asked not to do any social media sharing!) This green space in the heart of Priorswood has blossomed with the volunteers dedication over the years and the Pride in Priorswood events are testimony to this. They have actively engaged with Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset Art Works over many years, building community relationships and deeper connections with their local natural environment, often through un financed projects but also with commissioned.

As part of Michelle's residency with Arts Taunton she contacted Lesley and Rebecca, community leaders in the area and it was a chance conversation about the Longrun Labyrinth that they suggested we create a grass labyrinth at Lyngford for the summer. After a little cajoling and financial juggling, Arts Taunton came up trumps to make the labyrinth a reality and between very wet days the sun shone and the locals embraced this new addition to their park.

So here is a snippet of the day when the local PCO officer Georgia who joined in with walking the labyrinth path and other residents.

If you want to have some fun at the Lyngford Park labyrinth or create your own (very easy to do) then this little leaflet, which Michelle and I put together (mostly Michelle to be honest!) might be just what you need. It has a suggestions of how you can use, approach and even meditate on your journey to the heart of the grass path and then out again.

If you create your own - on the beach - in the garden - out of toys in the sitting room - then please share some of your images with me on twitter of FB - @Storywalks

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