A small group of members was treated to a workshop courtesy of SPUD and resident artist Christine Mackay . Mark Drury from Spud first explained about the construction of the two observation pods and it was fascinating to learn exactly how the Shou Sugi Ban technique for wood preservation had been carried out on the outer shell of the pods.
Christine then gave a presentation of her work under the title Seed Matter. This included a description of her visit to the international Svalbard seed bank in Norway, and a talk about her work in Ireland with different communities around land use, seed saving and plant resources
Back in the observatory Christine also discussed her current project which has been looking at neglected plants like the asparagus fern which it was discovered was used in wedding bouquets as far back as 1889.
Members , with the help of a local florist were then able to create their own small floral decoration which was the end to a very enjoyable afternoon.