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Man builds mini village for squirrels in his back garden, complete with a Christmas cabin and an infinity pool


Paul spent 18 months crafting the adventure village for animals in his garden (Picture: Paul Everitt / SWNS)

You could get annoyed at the squirrels in your back garden, whether because they steal seeds you left for birds or dig up your bulbs, or you could embrace them.

Paul Everitt, 38, chose the latter option – then went a step further.

When the solo adventurer couldn’t go abroad during lockdown, he found a new way to fill his time, spending 18 months crafting a miniature wildlife village in his back garden.

The end result is a gloriously fun climbing frame with 1.5m high platforms, bridges, an infinity pool, and a mini Christmas cabin for his squirrel pals.

The creation even has a tower, which Paul calls The Swingers Club, complete with a Corn Tosser feeding station that spins squirrels around.

It hasn’t just been enjoyed by bushy-tailed rodents – Paul has spied eight foxes, a badger, and plenty of birds hanging out on his structure.

There’s even a landing pad just for pigeons, complete with a letter P.

‘Prior to covid, I would travel a lot – I tended to do long journeys, kayaking in Alaska, Finland and Sweden, or cycling across continents,’ said Paul.

‘I lived in Canada for a bit, and I miss that wilderness as I’m used to bears and wolves coming up to me.

‘With Covid hitting, I needed a project to take my mind off not being able to do that.

The adventurer was in need of a way to fill his time after lockdown made him unable to travel abroad (Picture: Paul Everitt / SWNS)

‘It relaxes me as I don’t have a TV, so I just sit and watch the wildlife – it’s just a nice little hub.’

Paul said work started on the raised structure after he bought a three-bedroom bungalow in Grimsby, and began to clear its overgrown garden.

He spent 18 months painstakingly crafting his creation, starting by creating a ‘squirrel superstructure’- a long platform with a slide that goes into a Perspex box filled with nuts and a rope swing.

The end result is super impressive (Picture: Paul Everitt / SWNS)
There are multiple towers, bridges, and feeding platforms to keep the wildlife entertained (Picture: Paul Everitt / SWNS)

Once that was done, it was time to focus on The Swingers Club – so named because it has two swings.

He decided it was only right for such a club to have a pool, which he built out of Perspex.

Paul said: ‘They do use [the pool] in the summertime, and in winter, they do drink from it.’

And the animals love it (Picture: Paul Everitt / SWNS)

The final piece of the puzzle? A little log cabin, themed around Christmas to fit the season.

‘I’m very hands on – I always built my own modes of transport – and I feel like it’s an important part of my life, building and creating,’ added Paul, who said the project helped him express some creativity in lockdown.

‘All the materials I built the squirrel sanctuary from are scraps.’

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