Keeper of the Field

by David Nurse April. 05, 2021 170 views

This is another of the ‘Nature Keepers’ oak sculptures.

The Nature Keepers project has been led by Bridgend County Borough Council, working together with local community groups.

They add interest to our beauty spots, and with the accompanying poetry, they capture the imagination of younger visitors by interweaving mythology into the sites.

Their aim is to spark an emotional connection to our green spaces, and so encourage people to visit as well as care more for them.

The Nature Keepers were carved out of Welsh oak by local sculptor Dai Edwards.

This sculpture is in Aber Fields, a well known area of playing fields in the community of an old welsh mining valley.

The Ogmore Valley was mainly a farming community up until the middle of the 19th century when coal mining became widespread across South Wales.

The last coal mine (Wyndham/Western Colliery) closed in 1983, resulting in high unemployment at that time.

Much reclamation has been carried out and there is not much obvious evidence of it's mining past now.

“I am the fields, their story I have kept,

For I am the Keeper but long have I slept.

Look around you now, as I wake.

Look at my world as it works and plays.

Here there is the end of the sky and the start of the land.

Here all is connected,

From the cold of the winter to the warmth of your hand.

Here, all is one, I am the fields.

I am a dessert for wandering souls,

A litter of rabbits burrowing holes.

I am a footpath for brothers in arms,

Lungs full of fresh air, arias and psalms.

I am a cornet, call of the valley,

Echoes of names, Tom, Dick and Parry.

I am a fledgling ready to fly,

I am the Planker, beneath my own sky.”

(Note : The field where this sculpture is placed is known locally as "The Planker")

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Adrian Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating information. Great photos.

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David Nurse Replied to Adrian Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you

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John Durham 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great story and pictures.

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David Nurse Replied to John Durham 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments

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