Slovenian Hayrack

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March 27, 2023

A Slovenian Hayrack has been installed at Gillotts Field Corner

The hayrack, or kozolec, was arranged by the British-Slovene Society, with financial help from benefactors and the Slovenian Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad.
The kozolec has great significance to Slovenians. It symbolises Slovenia's agricultural heritage. It has been installed in Henley to commemorate our town's connection to Bled, in the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Like Henley, Bled is historic, picturesque and has a strong, proud tradition of rowing and regattas.
Slovenian craftsman Damjan Bajc from Trebnje designed and built the kozolec in his workshop. It was dismantled for transport, and brought to Henley by the Slovenian company Trimo.
Once the kozolec arrived in Henley, it was assembled and installed by Damjan and three other craftsmen
These traditional hayracks can be seen in many parts of Slovenia, and are a unique feature of its culture. This one emulates the well-known Lah kozolec in Domžale.