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Hi folks!

Since we were featured in a Network national documentary, We've been contacted by a zoo to design and create their display.

We travelled the 3 1/2 hours to visit the directors. They want the same display as we have here, which they came to visit since the TV show aired. www.paultoole.co.uk

On visiting the Zoo and seeing the area which we will transform, they have changed it from lawn to 'Astro - Turf' fake grass!

In the centre of the area is a manhole with a sleeve for a tree, so location for a mega tree won't be a problem. But I'm really not sure how to secure Arches & Mini Tree's, as we won't be able to make holes within the astro turf.

Any ideas guys?

Here's a picture....................

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Paul there is a listing on here for a craigslist find from a zoo that is selling ALL their wireframes, It would be PERFECT for what you are doing!

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Paul there is a listing on here for a craigslist find from a zoo that is selling ALL their wireframes, It would be PERFECT for what you are doing!

WOW! That sounds very interesting. Can you share the link? I guess however it might be located in the States?

I've sourced all the items for the 2012 show, but i do like the sound of this!

Cheers!

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Wow - that is tricky. I always use temporary pound in fence posts as stakes to secure my free standing displays. The one pre-lit tree I didn't attach to a post kept blowing over, even with 60 US Pounds on the base. Tough one.

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Couple different things come to mind. First, take a look at

You can also make a base out of 2 x 4s. Attach a 2' - 3' section at both ends to create an "I". Similar to the base in the above mentioned thread.

For a Mega Tree, use a Portable Hole with extension legs.

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How about putting the whole thing on a massive wooden stage?

Yeah, I too thought about that. Will make for more work, but worth it come the end product. - Thanks!

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For your mini trees you could use heavey wooden base, or steel weights. You could use Deck Blocks (the ones with a hole in the middle for arches or even your mini trees. I use deck blocks for my matrix & my tree. My mini trees are close together and not like yours spread apart but I made a 2x4 base & I fastened the mini trees to it. So you could do the same thing even though the trees would be spaced apart, & since the Zoo wants it like your display then the artifical snow well cover the base up.

Those deck blocks weigh (I am guessing) around 45lbs........so they can with stand strong winds. http://www.cci-indus...s.com/index.php The mini trees if they are made out of tomato cages might slip over top of the blocks.

My mini tree are 12 inches wide at the bottom & the deck blocks are 12 inches wide at the bottom.......so you should be able to push the cages over the deck block.......or grind the sides of the block just enought to slip the tree over the block.

Just my thoughts on this.

Nice to see you helping out the community.

Edited by Alberta Bound

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