Rusty set to brighten Highwoods play area

An old beech tree in High Woods Country Park is to be transformed into a monumental work of art, thanks to the talents of chainsaw sculptor Mark ‘Rusty’ Russell.

Rusty, a tree surgeon and co-founder of Marnic Wood Carving, will begin transforming the tree stump in the children’s play area, starting on Monday (19 February 2018).

The carving is expected to take up to three days to complete and the public are invited to go along and watch the sculpture taking shape from a safe distance.

The carving will feature some of the wildlife of the park, as well as the face of a Green Man, a once-popular motif in Medieval churches representing the living spirit of nature. It will be topped off with a larger-than-life woodpecker.

Rusty’s previous work in High Woods Country Park includes a large owl, which has proved very popular with visitors.

Rusty said: “I’m really delighted to have been asked to carve another sculpture for Country Park visitors to enjoy. It seems a shame not to do something with the tree, when it can be turned into a wonderful feature unique to the park.

“I’d like the finished carving to symbolise some of the flora and fauna that can be seen in the area, and hope it will encourage many more people to appreciate the amazing things Nature has to offer.”

Visitors are advised that the play area will be closed whilst the sculpture is being created.