Visitors to Duke’s Drive in Chester can stay up to date with news and forthcoming events, thanks to an eye-catching new noticeboard.
Popular with walkers, runners and bird spotters, Duke’s Drive, was originally a carriage drive to the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton Hall estate. It stretches from Overleigh just south of the Grosvenor Bridge to the heart of the estate.
Instead of purchasing a generic noticeboard, rangers in Cheshire West and Chester’s greenspaces team asked Paul Noon of Blacon Adventure Playground to create a bespoke hand-carved wooden noticeboard.
Paul used to live in the Lodge House on the Duke’s Drive and has previously created a selection of wooden carvings for the route through the woodland, which visitors have enjoyed for many years.
The materials for the new noticeboard were funded by local ward members Councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels.
Councillor Daniels said: "The finished noticeboard looks truly wonderful. Paul Noon already has a strong connection to this site, so this is a great way to keep a little bit of his spirit and soul within Duke’s Drive."
Chair of the Friends of Duke’s Drive Conor O’Gorman said: "We are really grateful to Paul for giving his skills and time free of charge to create this beautiful, functional piece of art for us."
More information about the Friends of Duke’s Drive can be found at their website – www.friendsofdukesdrive.org .