For many years, the Sedgwick Treeman Slide has held centre stage in the Millennium Field. This large, nostalgic and interesting structure is a firm favourite with the young users of the Millennium Field and many of our kids of the last 20 years can remember the mad dash to get up the slide first! He has had a very interesting life!
TreeMan's life story.
Tree Man started his life at Dr Barnado's Home at Barrows Green where he was used for over 20 years by the residents who lived there.
When the closure of the home was announced, they were approached by the then Sedgwick Parish Council Chairman David Willacy who thought the old tree man slide in their playground would make an excellent addition to the Sedgwick's new Millennium Playing Field. A deal was struck involving the digging of a large burial grave for large old pig and an ancient ailing horse, in return for the slide!
The Treeman was temproraily uprooted for his two mile journey to Sedgwick but when he couldn't fit through the aqueduct, he was taken back through Kendal and around to the right side of the aqueduct - no mean feat as he weighs over 3/4 of a tonne! He was replanted on 2' square rubber mats and a dedicated area made with bark chippings for safety. His arms originally held swings, but as safety standards changed they had to be removed.
For the intervening 20 years he has served the children of Sedgwick.