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The Trent Valley Noon Column

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


The Trent Valley Noon Column

The Trent Valley Zone is marked by an extensive flat floodplain, with slow meandering rivers. The landscape is punctuated by strong industrial and urban influences with sand and gravel workings, Drakelow Power Station, built development and major road and rail routes. While the growing influence of the Forest is beginning to transform this area, the legacy of mid- 20th century farming trends can still be seen in the many large, open-cropped fields. However, some remnant pastures and wet meadows from earlier times have survived the upheavals of the more recent past and can still be seen in the Trent Valley landscape today.

The Trent Valley Noon Column

OS map of Trent Valley area where Column 2 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 Trent Valley Washlands Zone occurs at 1.06pm in summer time and 12.06pm 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, this sculpture is designed in the form of a flood marker and is set in a natural wetland location, capturing the character of the Trent Valley Landscape. This 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