In 2009 we carried out an arts project combining the woodland and local history and created a stone circle near the Creetown entrance to Balloch Wood.
The stones were sourced from the re-development of Maryport Harbour across the Solway Firth in Cumbria, to be recycled into the interpretative circle. Granite was chosen to reflect its importance both to the geology of the area and also to its industrial heritage. Several granite quarries used to be located in the environs of the woodland, playing a central role in the history of the community.
Each stone has been inscribed with haiku poems written by Creetown Primary school children, depicting their own responses to their woodland. The poems and iconography were blasted onto the surface of the stones by local companies Galloway Granite and Galloway Signs. The stone circle is one of the first features to welcome visitors to the woodland, providing small thoughts and iconography as they walk around the wood. The seven granite stones simultaneously reflect both the timelessness of the immediate surroundings and its industrial heritage. Contemporary and historic perspectives on the area are thus brought together in a manner sympathetic to the surroundings.