Sculpture trail planned for parks

Plans to create a sculpture trail in Berwick's award-winning parks have been revealed.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 06:50 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:09 am
Pine cone by sculptor David Gross.

The Friends of Castle Parks are seeking around £12,000 to commission artist and sculptor David Gross to develop and create wooden sculptures in Castle Vale and Coronation Parks.

The sculptures would provide an opportunity for children to play while learning more about local heritage.

Coronation Park in Berwick

Local first school children will be invited to take part in workshops where they would get to explore themes and develop ideas which would eventually become the sculptures, as well as opportunities for construction and carving.

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If funding is secured, it is hoped to have the sculptures designed, completed and installed by the end of this year.

Kate Morison, parks development officer, said: “It’s all subject to funding, but it will be very exciting if we can go ahead.

“All of the first schools in Berwick have been asked to research and develop designs based on a list of local wildlife.

Coronation Park in Berwick

“One will be chosen from each school and carved into a wooden sculpture big enough to sit or climb on. They’ll be sited in Coronation Park along with a Berwick bear carving.

“Each sculpture will have a plaque with an interesting fact about the plant or animal researched by the schools so there’s an educational element too.”

Berwick Town Council has given the proposal a warm welcome and is likely to look favourably on a request for £2,500.

That show of local support would hopefully help the Friends of Castle Parks draw in a further £10,000 from the Arts Council.

Cllr Gordon McLean said: “Kate and her supporters have done a tremendous job there. Without the support of the people of this town, it will go back to the derelict site it was before. If we get this project, it will be another attraction for the park and this area of the town.”

Cllr Joe Lang said: “Organisations like the Arts Council require match-funding and this is an example where a small amount of funding from the town council can unlock funding from outside the town.”

Castle Vale and Coronation Park have gone from strength to strength since their near-£1million refurbishment.

They have secured a Green Flag award two years in a row and last year Castle Vale won best park at Northumbria in Bloom.

To get involved, please contact Kate Morison, parks development officer, at kate.morison@northumberland.gov.uk