Bracknell unveils the country's longest picnic bench
June 07, 2010
Children had a tree-mendous time as they ate packed lunches at the longest picnic table in the country, newly installed at a Bracknell park.
The table at Lily Hill Park in Bullbrook is a whopping 18.4 metres or 60ft long.
Councillor Iain McCracken, Bracknell Forest executive member for culture, said: “Having the largest picnic table in the country brings a whole new meaning to ‘pass the salt’ and has certainly added an extra ‘wow factor’ to Lily Hill Park.”
More than 80 people will now be able to sit at the new table, to be used as a gathering spot for families, community groups, conservation volunteers and schoolchildren.
The bench has been partly funded by the council and Bracknell Conservation Volunteers (BCV), a group which works to clean up the borough’s parks and open spaces.
It is made from a Low’s fir tree which came down in the park during high winds a few years ago.
The seats and tabletop are also made from the tree and constructed at the park by local company Greenspace Designs.
A spokesman for BCV added: “BCV are proud to support Greenspace in their dream to build the longest picnic bench in England at Lily Hill Park.
“We have long associations will Lily Hill and have worked at the park on 53 separate occasions since 2003.
“The 60ft log would otherwise have been left to rot and was crying out to be made into such a feature.”