The background work had been done: Croft Casting had created a beautiful plaque, incorporating design ideas and words by Damien McLellan; Winchcombe Reclamation had a retired railway sleeper; Antony Jansen turned the sleeper into a timber standard, with the plaque securely mounted; Craig Fees and Mike Gorman carefully packaged and drove the 2.6m x 278mm x 130mm (8' 5" x 11" x 5") creosote-suffused timber from North Gloucestershire to the South tip of Kent...and then the installation began.
Major Beven of the MOD (centre left) suggests a site where the main footpath around Reinden Wood meets the main entrance to the restricted MOD land, in the woods beyond which Reinden Wood House itself had stood. The site is just off the car park, in a highly visible triangle shaded and protected by an overhanging tree. It is an excellent choice. The team prepares to dig and document.
The hole needs to be two and a half to three feet deep, and everyone pitches in: Damien's son Jack
The timber cemented and the hole filled back in, Jack takes the photograph.
For some photographs of Reinden Wood House, see PP/DMC
For Damien McLellan's thesis, which includes a discussion of Reinden Wood House, see: Effecting Change Within Residential Child Care (1998)