Wildlife sculpture trail taking shape

Sculptures of wildlife that have been designed by children from Berwick schools have been installed in the town’s Coronation Park.

The Berwick Castle Parks Sculpture Trail project is based on images of local animals and plants and aims to add educational and imaginative play opportunities for children within the parks.

Eight local first schools helped to produce designs and these have been translated into the wooden features by sculptor David Gross.  

One design was selected from each school to use in the project, along with a sculpture of the iconic Berwick Bear, which is depicted on the town’s official crest.

Four of the nine wooden chainsaw sculptures were installed just before Christmas with the help of the Berwick detachment of the Northumbria Army Cadet Force, who worked with the Friends of Castle Parks and Northumberland County Council’s parks officer Kate Dixon.

Three of the winning designers - Ella Marshall who drew a Robin; Maddison Catterall who designed Barley; and Max Summers whose image was a silver moth, were all present to see the sculptures from their designs being installed.

Cllr Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said:  “This is a fantastic project for Berwick Parks, adding new interest and entertainment for residents and visitors.  

“I would like to congratulate the young people on their excellent designs, which have been brilliantly translated by David.

“This is a great partnership project developed by the friends group, the county council and the town council, with the support of the Berwick Wildlife Group.  We are very grateful to Suez for grant funding to make it possible.”

The county council received a £10,064 grant from SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust) for the creation of a sculpture trail in Berwick’s parks.

The project was developed by the Friends of Castle Parks, working in partnership with Northumberland County Council and Berwick Town Council. The project has also benefited from a private donation.

The final five sculptures will be installed before the end of April 2018.  A trail leaflet is also being developed which will include quiz questions for children to answer when they visit the parks.
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