The Gathering Place – ideal for outdoor get togethers

While we wait for further guidelines on many aspects of life, including weddings and corporate events, one feature at Escot presents an opportunity for outdoor get togethers.

The ‘Gathering Point’ is a semicircle of benches with 12 hand carved backrests representing different aspects of the food chain.

This striking and beautiful feature was created on Escot Estate by the charity Tale Valley Trust in 2004. It was designed and installed by Nick and Dudley Meech, using English-grown timber, cedar and sweet chestnut. The designs by Mike Langman were etched into the upright backrests. There are12 food chains represented, including plants, aquatic life, insects and birds. One backrest, for example, shows a water vole eating a flag iris which get its energy from the sun.

The seating lends itself perfectly to socially distanced gatherings. We feel this would be a great way for corporate groups and teams to have the chance to meet up to discuss how the business is moving forward over the coming months, or simply for people to get together to say hello face to face.

It’s also a lovely option for small birthday celebrations or family get togethers.

The Escot team would be delighted to organise the event and provide a picnic using the strictest hygiene methods to ensure your safety. Our food is all freshly prepared in our kitchens with a small team ensuring adherence to all guidelines. We are also experienced with providing delicious alternatives to those with dietary and allergy requirements.

Please note at the time of writing, outside gatherings like this are restricted to six people. Those from different households will need to travel to Escot separately. Luckily, we have plenty of free parking, including an area just across from the Gathering Point.

Contact us to talk about your outdoor get together!

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