Called to Build a Henge: First Ideas
About 2007, Organic Farmer, Stephen Parsley had an idea to build a henge. A couple of years later, artist Derek Massey had a vision of a henge, of which he painted several versions. Not expecting to build an actual henge, Derek continued his art work, eventually coming up with an idea to honour UK gymnast Lewis Smith. Searching for a location on which to erect the mega artwork, he met Stephen. As the two became friends, they realized their common vision, and decided to collaborate on bringing the henge to life. The project would involve erecting 29 Fen Oak tree, each of which is more than 10,000 years old in the formation of Bog Oak “Stone Henge.” ￼The vision for this Henge celebrating the Sacred Feminine will include 19 Bog Oaks forming an outer circle, 10 Bog Oaks forming an inner circle. Additionally, one Oak will face the north. The project is to provide a sacred place where people can spend time alone and recognise the needs of the earth, as well as gather for sacred ceremony and healing.
The Bog Arrives: 5,000 Year-old Oak
It took months for the “bog oak” to arrive. No work could be done until it arrived. As the most important elements of the henge, it was well worth the wait. The Bog was generously donated by Stephen’s neighbor and fellow farmer. The wood is ancient, sacred and imbued with the history of earth, perfectly preserved – absent pollution and man’s mark. It was with honour that Stephen and Derek return it to soil – perfect for Moonhenge. The Bog Oak at Moonhenge have been preserved in nearby Fen wetlands for 4,000 – 5,000 years or more that’s older than Stonehenge!
It’s Built!: Reuniting Wood and Earth
After months of planning – it took only seven days to build the henge.￼Stephen, artist Derek, builder extraordinaire Michael Camp, and Brian Warne – Stephen’s cousinand current Moonhenge Logistics Manager – worked with a construction crew of volunteers (without whom the task would have been extremely difficult!) to build the henge so quickly, but despite the fast build it’s as sturdy as structure as they come.