Wildlife sculpture trail is taking shape
The first pieces of a new wildlife sculpture trail which aims to attract more visitors to two Berwick parks have been installed.
Four of the large wooden sculptures were installed in Coronation Park on a cold and damp Sunday morning.
The remaining five sculptures will be installed later this winter, four more in Coronation Park and the last, the Berwick bear which is depicted on the town’s official crest, in Castle Vale Park.
Kate Morison, parks manager, said: “We hope the sculptures will attract more visitors to the parks, particularly young people who will be able to enjoy doing the trail and learn a little bit more about the nature in and around the parks at the same time.”
Eight local first schools were involved in helping to produce designs. In-school competitions were held and the winners were Ella Marshall, St Mary’s (robin); Max Summers, Holy Trinity (silver moth); Alex Borthwick, Prior Park (woodlouse); Josh Strachan, The Grove (otter); Joshua Eyre, Spittal (pippistrelle bat); Chloe Varley, St Cuthbert’s (tawny owl); Maddison Catterall, Scremerston, (barley; and Jody Youg, Tweedmouth West (mole).
Sculptor David Gross worked with the pupils on their designs to make sure they would work when carved from reclaimed oak.
David said: “It’s been a nice project to do and I am amazed to see how many people turned up to see the first batch being installed.
“The children also deserve a lot of credit for the efforts they went to.”
The project has been developed by the Friends of Castle Parks, working in partnership with the county council and Berwick Town Council. The project is also supported by the Berwick Wildlife Group.
It was funded largely thanks to a £10,064 grant from SUEZ Communities Trust. This was topped up by a kind donation from the McDonald family.
The parks were revamped in a £1million project in 2013/14.