New tree sculptures get a warm welcome

Children pose with their booklets in front of one of the sculptures.
Children pose with their booklets in front of one of the sculptures.
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Tree sculptures introduced in borough parks have received a warm reception from local families following their adventure trail.

The group of nine tree sculptures arrived in Wallsend in October and have since taken over Richardson Dees Park and Wallsend Hall Grounds.

Made from wood and logs in autumn of last year, the sculptures were carved by wood artists Jonah Maurice and Bill Pierce, of Northumberland.

They then teamed up with illustrator Louise Hick to provide drawings for the story booklet.

‘The Tale of the Sleeping Ginkgo Trolls’, is printed in a colourful booklet and leads readers around the trail where they can find all nine carvings, as well as clues that link to the story.

Since the introduction of the sculptures, hundreds of families have taken the trail and followed the story.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “It has been great to see how the sculptures have been received by both children and adults in the borough.

“They have been a great addition and hopefully they will attract more families to come and enjoy the parks.”