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Positioning and caring for your garden sculpture

The colour and form of your Driftwood Scotland sculpture are created entirely by nature. The colour depends on the species of tree and the degree of sun bleaching. The shade also changes with the weather - the sculpture will appear darker when wet. How you care for your driftwood sculpture and where you place it in your garden is a very personal decision. However we can give you some advice that will ensure that you enjoy your sculpture to its fullest.

Wildlife gardening

A Driftwood Scotland sculpture is the perfect centrepiece for a wildlife garden.

Your sculpture is a completely natural product and has not been treated with any chemicals or preservatives and therefore it is ideal for siting within a wildlife garden.

We actively encourage that our garden sculptures remain untreated as this allows the wood to become a living part of your garden, creating a habitat for insects and fungi. Untreated, sculptures will last many years without substantial change to their form. By siting the sculpture on bare earth or amongst plants you will ensure that the wood remains damp and provides an ideal habitat for wildlife.

Woodland gardening

Contemporary gardening

A Driftwood Scotland sculpture makes a unique and stunning feature in a contemporary garden.
Driftwood in garden

Due to the entirely natural character of our driftwood sculptures it is impossible to prevent some natural decay when sculptures are situated outside. If you would prefer to minimise the decay of your driftwood sculpture it is best to site it in an area that is in full sun and well drained on pebbles, gravel or sand.

If you are placing part of your sculpture in the ground to erect it vertically we recommend that you treat the buried part with a wood preservative. Alternatively the whole sculpture can be treated with a preservative but this may alter its natural appearance.

 

Placing within a conservatory

By placing your driftwood sculpture within a conservatory or another part of your home you will provide the best conditions for preserving it indefinitely. However, the extreme temperature and light conditions in a conservatory can alter your sculpture (see our advice for placing an interior sculpture). As the wood dries out, cracks may appear or those already present may widen. This is a natural process that can enhance the sculpture. If you would prefer to minimise overdrying, your sculpture can be treated with traditional furniture beeswax (N.B. not modern furniture polish). This treatment can significantly alter the colour and shade of your sculpture. If you choose to treat your sculpture we recommend that you do a trial on an unseen area or on another piece of wood to assess the results.


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