The Norwich nest that some children think is home to a dragon

Claire Gebbett with her children and a friend, in the giant nest they, and local children have been

Claire Gebbett with her children and a friend, in the giant nest they, and local children have been building in their front garden. From left, Elanor, five; friend Rosa Hare, eight; Dulcey, nine; and Edward, 11. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

It was an idea they hatched together.

The Gebbett children, and their friend Rosa Hare, at the garden wall they have painted asking the lo

The Gebbett children, and their friend Rosa Hare, at the garden wall they have painted asking the local children to help build the giant nest in their front garden. From bottom to top, Elanor, five; friend Rosa Hare, eight; Dulcey, nine; and Edward, 11. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The Gebbett family, of Angel Road, Norwich, watched a YouTube video of a bird making a nest and decided to weave their own on a giant scale.

Initially just a few twigs in their driveway, it has grown as children walking to nearby Angel Road Infant School and Waterloo Park added to it.

Wording painted onto the garden wall reads 'Help build our nest. Please add sticks.'

Mother-of-three Claire Gebbett, 44, said it was in part an educational project to teach children about nest-building, but also a piece of community art.

Dulcey Gebbett, nine, right, and her friend Rosa Hare, eight, in the giant nest her family and local

Dulcey Gebbett, nine, right, and her friend Rosa Hare, eight, in the giant nest her family and local children have been building in the Gebbett's front garden. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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And she said due to the size of the nest - more than a metre in diameter - some children believed it was a dragon's nest.

'It was just a bit of a fun thing to do in spring and as we live near the park we would get children to add to it,' said the artist who maintains the Norwich FarmShare blog and also works as a sign language interpreter. 'It was just a small-scale community effort.

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'What we've got stuck with is that no eggs have appeared yet and I've had trouble sourcing any.'

While it is not thought that birds will take on the nest, Mrs Gebbett hoped someone could help by bringing some for the benefit of the children.

She was considering making some large papier mache eggs herself.

'As it's on the way to school quite a few people pop by with twigs and adults have been joining in too,' she said.

She lives with her husband Steve, 45, a piano teacher, and their three children Elanor, 5, Dulcey, nine, and Edward, 11.

'They helped build the main bit just before Easter,' said Mrs Gebbett. 'I was hoping we'd maybe get some eggs around Easter.

'Some children think it's a dragon's nest.'

After children drop off twigs she weaves them together and helps keep the centre free of weeds.

She added she was given further inspiration by a blackbird nest in their back garden.

Mrs Gebbett said the family may build another nest next year and include it in the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios event, where artists open their homes and galleries to the public.

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