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Melbourne Parklands Noon Column

Map of the Noon Columns in The National Forest Melbourne Parklands Noon Column Needwood & South Derbyshire Claylands Noon Column The Trent Valley Noon Column The Mease and Sence Noon Column The Leicestershire & South Derbyshire Noon Column Charnwood Noon Column


Melbourne Parklands Noon Column

The Melbourne Parklands zone has a strong rural character with an undulating, upland feel offering plateau-top views across the Trent Valley. The agricultural landscape of the plateau-top is sparsely wooded with a fragmented field pattern of large arable fields. Historic parklands, wooded estates and two large reservoirs feature strongly in the valleys of the zone, as does the distinctive brick and sandstone vernacular architecture of the villages, many of which have an almost Cotswold like feel. Mixed farmland surrounds the parks with a pattern of new woodlands, hedged fields and scattered hedgerow trees.

Melbourne Parklands Noon Column

OS map of Melbourne Parklands area where Column 4 is located

Part of the National Forest Company’s LANDshapes project, this Noon Column is made of English Oak, the sun will shine through the vertical slot for 10-15 minutes at ‘true’ noon on midsummer and midwinter’s days, creating a line of light in the shadow cast by the column. ‘True noon’ in the Melbourne Parklands Zone occurs at 1.04pm in summer time and 12.04pm in wintertime. This cycle links the sculpture to the passage of time – celebrating the past, present and future of the Forest. Created by internationally renowned artist David Nash, the form of this slightly tapering round column and associated sandstone paving is reminiscent of the classical architecture found in many of the areas historic grand houses. The sculpture is one of six that reflect and interpret the distinctive nature of the six landscape zones that make up The National Forest.

The six Noon Columns have been supported by:

 Arts Council England logo Jaguar Cars Ltd logo British Waterways logo Viv Astling - National Forest Company, Chairman 1998-2005