Pimps,benders,besoms,bodgers and faggots.
The Ancient Technology Centre were installed in their shelter (not quite a bender) and had brought along some flint to demonstrate knapping and some bronze axes for chopping wood. Some of the wood that was chopped up by the children wielding bronze axes was also put to good use in the clay oven as were the faggots and pimps (basically bundles of twigs) which came from the birch clearance last winter.The oven was made from clay from the old Beacon Hill Brickworks, out of it came wonderful rolls and pizzas with just a hint of smokiness. The Verwood Heathlands Heritage Centre was also on hand to explain more about the potteries found on the heaths.
Terry Heard brought along his shepherd's hut and spent the day making besoms, again with birch from Upton Heath. Alongside Terry was Will Holland, bodging away all day on his pole lathe, making candlesticks and plenty more wood shavings for the clay oven!
There were opportunities to get creative and dirty with Heathery Heathens, this involved making clay gargoyles to frighten of evil spirits and the Urban Heaths Partnership making colourful footprints. Urban Heaths Partnership also set up an interesting time line running from the Bronze age to the present day helping to put things in perspective.
We also had some wildlife, with the Hi Tech trailer looking at the fascinating creatures from a heathland pond, which was left from clay digging activities, in amazing detail.
There was also a chance to look at some reptiles from Upton Heath and to learn about some of the moths that live on the heath.
Tomtom the donkey and Dolly the Shetland pony, who are normally out grazing on Upton Heath, had a day out and plenty of fuss made of them! All this with some traditional music and stories from local artist Tim Laycock. We must also not forget the delicious cakes made by Claire, which had no connection to the heath, but you can't celebrate without them!