Flotsam & driftwood beach shelters on Gower

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From a distance I couldn’t make out what on earth this was. Close up, I discovered it was an ingenious tent-like structure made up of found objects from the beach. Kids like nothing better than exercising a lot of ingenuity and imagination in making camps and dens. On the beach there is often a lot of flotsam and driftwood on the strandline to provide suitable materials. The pictures above and immediately below were taken at Rhossili Bay in April.

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Children had also been busy on the seashore at Oxwich Bay earlier in the year – making slightly less spectacular dens to play and shelter in. Maybe there is not so much debris washed ashore on that side of Gower. The photographs below show a couple of these encampment structures.

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However, when there are plenty of building materials to hand in other settings than the beach, much sturdier constructions result. The picture below shows a pretty decent shelter that I found in a Dorset woodland in March. It’s clear that wherever they find themselves, children can have a lot of fun making, and playing in, these encampments.

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A Post from the Past [2009]

One Reply to “Flotsam & driftwood beach shelters on Gower”

  1. I used to make dens like these with long grass and sticks in the primary school field in the dinner hour. If I had come across this den at the top of this post it would have ended up in a painting. Architecture without architects.

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