Once Design Week was over, and the plans for our arboretum had been finalised, it was time to start building. I was really excited about this part of the course, as my job doesn't usually start until the building is finished, so it was a completely new experience.
After two weeks in the stonemasonry workshop, helping to find and lay stones that would fit within the structure of the wall, myself and the other Dulux Trade apprentices, Matt and Louie, made a start on the decorative panels that would form the inner wall of the building.
There are five panels, which will be painted individually, but together will form a mural of a tree. We felt it was important to link the design back to the surrounding area, so we took inspiration from Dumfries House and its estate. For example, the trunk is going to be painted in a way that reflects the designs in the Pewter Corridor of Dumfries House, which was built in the late 19th Century as a colourful passageway to the Tapestry Room, the grandest room in the house.
I think it's safe to say that we're looking forward to seeing the final result, although this won't be for another few months yet. Watch this space to see how the build progresses and what our final panels look like.