Monday, 28 March 2011

Crocodile carving arrives at Old School Lane play area in Hereford

Visitors brave enough to go to the Old School Lane play area in Hereford last week were able to see the unveiling of the fantastic new crocodile carving.

The carving was unveiled by Councillor Brian Wilcox and local children were able to get their first glimpse of their new playmate.

The crocodile, which was created by local chainsaw sculptor Steve Elsby at Queenswood Country Park last October using a large piece of Redwood, replaces the previous very popular crocodile at the play area, which had naturally degraded and had to be removed from site for safety reasons.

Fran White, Herefordshire Council’s parks development manager, said: “This exciting project has been funded by Hereford City Council and will hopefully inspire lots of imaginative play at the site. The crocodile is large enough for children to climb on and have lots of fun, it is a stunning sculpture, and rest assured he does have rather a friendly smile!”

The large piece of Redwood was donated to the project by Herefordshire Council’s parks, countryside and leisure development service and is from a tree that was removed from Cantilupe Gardens, Hereford about two years ago. So it is appropriate that it will once again be able to be appreciated in a city park in its new form.

The crocodile was installed on site by workmen from Amey Herefordshire who manage all of the county’s play areas and parks on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

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