Tunstall villagers welcome new animal sculptures

Cllr Carl Les, right, with Tunstall residents at the community garden.

Villagers in Tunstall held a day of celebration to welcome new wildlife sculptures to their community garden, known as the TIGER project.

An event was held on Saturday and attended by county councillor Carl Les, who had nominated Tunstall Community garden to receive money from the Locality Fund which enabled the sculptures to be created.

Villagers enjoyed an afternoon of activities, including a children’s treasure hunt, followed by the annual village barbecue.

Music was provided throughout the day from musicians form the monthly acoustic sessions which are held in the village hall, and in the evening from local groups ADDA, Eye Bleach, Midnight Revelations and Blues Jays.

The willow sculptures feature grazing pigs in the orchard and a bee and butterfly to represent pollinating wildlife.

The chainsaw sculptures are of a tawny owl and a water vole to show some of the wildlife which has been seen in the community garden.  They were created by local sculptors Anna Cross and Andris Berg.

TIGER project volunteer manager Paul Greenwood said “We are grateful to North Yorkshire County Council for this additional funding to create these beautiful sculptures.  We hope that many people will visit the garden and enjoy all that it has to offer.”

The TIGER project is at the village hall in Tunstall and includes a wheelchair accessible path, a nature trail including bird hide, a sensory garden and wildlife friendly planting.

For more information contact Paul Greenwood on 01748 811288