Bury St Edmunds: Julie Chapman’s unique garden prize is strictly for the birds

Julie Chapman receives her bird box prize from Dennis Humphrey (right) and Eric Simonds of 'Out of O

Julie Chapman receives her bird box prize from Dennis Humphrey (right) and Eric Simonds of 'Out of Our Tree' at her home in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

A grandmother who won an Archant competition said her prize has taken centre place in her garden and become home tweet home for birds.

Julie Chapman, from Bury St Edmunds, won a unique trowel-themed bird house made by East Anglia-based company, Out of Our Tree.

She said: “It’s out of this world really. It’s magnificent and to see some of their other creations and the work that is involved, they must have the patience of a saint.”

The bird boxes, range from replicas of water mills, to rockets, watches and over-sized tools, are created by Eric Simonds, of Finningham, and Dennis Humphrey, from Gosfield.

Mrs Chapman, who lives with husband Stewart, added: “I had four designs to choose from and went for the free-standing trowel bird box.

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“It’s standing pride of place in front of my summerhouse.

“My grandchildren absolutely love it.

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“Although they couldn’t understand where the birds go at first.

“But now they’re avidly waiting for the birds to arrive.”

Mr Simonds and Mr Humphrey have up to 60 different designs, with some of the more elaborate creations going for up to £2,500.

Visit www.outofourtree.co.uk for more details.

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