Fields of Play
Imagine! Imagine following a Way through woodland and through open vistas, through an orchard, secret bowers and sacred groves. Imagine pausing in a bee-loud glade, hearing birdsong, staring at a sculpture, watching water tumble in its watercourse. Imagine following a Way that re-connects you with your roots in nature.
Our vision for The Fields of Play is fast becoming such a place. In four short years we've planted thousands of indigenous, hardwood trees. We've planted a mile of hedgerow, built a turf amphitheatre with seating for 500, established a mixed fruit orchard, sown a wildflower meadow, constructed a maze, excavated a lake. Already birds and butterflies and small mammals are reappearing on what was, till recently, a sterile landscape shaped by modern agriculture.
In the coming ten to twenty years The Fields of Play will bloom with more and more natural and manmade events, an example of creative land use for our time. There will appear willow crafts and a stone circle, a labyrinth, a sensory garden for the disabled and elderly, singing flags and enigmatic wooden structures, a nature trail, an isolation cave, a stream and waterfall, sculptures and spaces for play and meditation and for organic vegetables.
To help us in this affirmation of our bond with Nature we have been helped by the residents of and visitors to Osho Leela – their time and their muscle and their money - and by a grant from The Woodland Trust. Now we are in touch with more people and more Trusts and Institutions to keep furthering the growth of our Fields of Play.