World Land Trust’s Sit to Make a Stand Collection of deckchairs were available for ‘test sitting’ at this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival.
The collection has been designed and manufactured in collaboration with University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art and Southsea Deckchairs.
The five designs, inspired by the Trust’s international conservation work, encourage people to take direct action for the environment. Through the Trust's Buy an Acre programme, each chair sold will raise funds to protect half an acre of critically threatened tropical forest and the animals that depend upon it.
The designs represent five different aspects of WLT project areas including: Coral Reefs, designed by Sarah Lewry; Elephants, designed by Jessica Walsh; Orang-utans, designed by Shahnaz Binte Nazimuddeen; Big Cats, designed by Hannah Baker; and Parrots, designed by Rachel Iball.
John Burton, WLT’s Chief Executive, said of the initiative: “What could be better than relaxing in a deckchair knowing that you have saved half an acre of threatened habitat for wildlife?”
Southsea Deckchairs have expertly produced the five chosen designs using sustainably sourced timber with PEFC accreditation.
Deckchairs are on sale for £150, via www.deckchairs.co.uk.
In its second year, the Chelsea Fringe ran from Saturday 18 May until Sunday 9 June 2013, and featured a mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community gardening events.
Independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe is run entirely by volunteers and celebrates the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. With infinite possibilities for self expression, interaction and participation, Chelsea Fringe's open-access policy means that almost anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and related to gardens, gardening or landscape.
The Chelsea Fringe event at Battersea Power Station showcased multiple installations, sculptures, interactive activities, markets and food stalls in the newly opened temporary park at Battersea Power Station.
Battersea Power Station at Chelsea Fringe
- Opening times Saturday 8 June & Sunday 9 June: 10am – 6pm
- Pedestrian access to Battersea Power Station (SW8 4NN) is via the new Grosvenor Bridge underpass
- Nearest underground station Sloane Square
- Nearest overground station Battersea Park
- Nearest bus routes (across Chelsea Bridge): 44, 137 and 452
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