Parks get new £1k sculptures

Pemberton Ward Councillor Sam Murphy admires one of the new sculptures, created by chainsaws, installed at Redwood Park, Orrell
Pemberton Ward Councillor Sam Murphy admires one of the new sculptures, created by chainsaws, installed at Redwood Park, Orrell
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BEAUTIFUL new carvings now grace two Wigan parks.

Ward councillors Paul and Jeanette Prescott and Sam Murphy have used Brighter Borough funding to pay for the installation of two wooden sculptures: an 8ft wizard in Buckland Drive, Kitt Green, and a fox on a log in Redwood Park, Orrell. And they have arranged for the bear which was removed from Redwood after yobs started to saw it from its base, to be reinstated.

The statues, by chainsaw sculptor Tim Burgess, cost £1,000 each. The councillors also plan to use the authority’s Section 106 money - paid by developers to the local authority to improve an area in which they are building - to fund new equipment for both play areas.

Coun Jeanette Prescott said: “Since we put the owl and squirrel in Redwood Park we have had so many comments from people who bring their children and grandchildren to see them. They are absolutely fantastic, so we wanted to add to it. We always wanted to get the bear back. We have put it in the children’s area so it is more visible from the street in case anyone tries to vandalise it again.

“We would love to add more statues but have to do this bit by bit. Redwood Park only has two pieces of play equipment so we plan to add a bucket roundabout and a safety floor. We also want to install new equipment for Marsh Green under-fives play area.”

Mr Burgess will be giving a sculpture demonstration in Worsley Green on April 15 from 11am.