How appropriate that, on Hallowe'en, Hog & Fitch were called in to help with a spidery problem at National Trust Footprint near Windermere. The iconic community-built and eco-friendly building celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is used and loved by a diverse range of users.
Surrounded by woodland, built from natural materials and with spectacular views to the fells, the site is somewhere to celebrate nature and wildlife. However, not everyone that uses the building loves the webs that had built up high in the roof; it can be hard to focus properly during a yoga session if you're worried about an eight-legged friend dropping on your head!
We put our Hog & Fitch range of long handled brushes to good use and relocated our spidery friends to new homes. The cosy woodburner meant that the webs were black and unsightly, so removing them meant that everyone could appreciate the beauty of the ceiling design again. Debbie, the Footprint Supervisor, gave us a warm welcome and kept us well supplied with tea and encouragement but the best reward for Hog & Fitch was seeing how pleased she was with the result:
'Thanks so much for making such a lovely job of the Footprint ceiling, it looks amazing WITHOUT spiders’ webs!'
We've since been back and had the pleasure of meeting a whole new generation of spiders in October 2017 - and we removed the spectacular festoons on the office stairs, too.
Main image: detail of sooty, sticky webs removed from high in the Footprint ceiling Other images: especially adapted brushes for reaching at just the right angle (photo courtesy of National Trust); view of interior of building showing height of ceiling; checking fleece duster; cleaning the walls around the rag rugs (photos Hog & Fitch)