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Scottish Borders Council
Setter Play Equipment
Shedden Park in Kelso was bequeathed to the town by the Aunt of Robert Shedden. Robert Shedden had attempted to voyage around the North West Passage in the Victorian era.
When the Scottish Borders Council received a heritage lottery grant to help improve the park, they approached Setter Play to discuss the possibility of installing a bespoke play area that would commemorate the voyage.
Setter Play based the design on their large Galleon play unit. They worked closely with a number of people from the council to agree on the design, including Councillor Alec Nicol.
The galleon was re-branded as the Nancy Dawson after Robert Shedden's ship and the design was scaled to fit in the park and adapted to reflect the shape of the ship based on the only picture that was ever taken of it.
Activity panels were created that showed the route of the voyage for one side of the ship and play items, including a compass and a weather game for the other.
The Nancy Dawson was installed in December 2011 which of course meant a few challenges from the weather which was of course expected in December. The Council wanted the installation in before the end of the year which was duly acheived. they have reported that it has been met with great approval from neighbouring residents and is very popular with the local children.