Trolls set for an adventure

Trolls living in Wallsend Parks are ready to lead families on a fun-filled adventure.

A group of nine tree sculptures, including trolls over five metres tall, have taken over Richardson Dees Park and the grounds of nearby Wallsend Hall.

Carved from live trees and logs last year, the sculptures have been brought to life in a new story based on their characters and the park.

‘The Tale of the Sleeping Ginkgo Trolls’, printed in a colourful booklet, leads families around the two picturesque locations, where they can discover all nine sculptures whilst looking for clues that link to the story.

Narrated by Bristlejinn – a troll who travelled to the park upon the RMS Mauretania ocean liner – the story holds messages about history, the natural environment and exploration, and asks that families help Bristlejinn and his friends look after the park.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The sculptures are a great addition to all the other wonderful things on offer at Wallsend Parks – and now with the story to accompany them, children can learn about the environment and the history of the local area in a fun, creative and interactive way.”

The sculptures were carved in autumn 2013 by Northumberland-based wood artists Jonah Maurice and Bill Pierce.

They teamed up with illustrator Louise Hick to provide the drawings for the new booklet, which families can pick up from the Richardson Dees Park Verandah Café, for free.

The trail has been made possible thanks to community arts funding as part of the recent Heritage Lottery Funded and Big Lottery Funded ‘Parks for People’ restoration project for Wallsend Parks.