A unique animal sculpture trail featuring an owl searching for her home has opened at Meadow Park in Great Sutton .
The story and sculptures have been created by award-winning chainsaw artist Simon O’Rourke for the Friends of Meadow Park, a community group that has already greatly improved the park for wildlife and local residents.
The group raised funding through the Tesco bags of help scheme and would like to thank everyone that used their tokens in the Little Sutton stores to vote for the trail.
The park has been completly transformed over the last couple of years, the group has secured funding from various wildlife charities, the crime comissioner, Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders and local councillors.
Paths have been created through overgrown allotments, bridges have been built to make the park more accessible to wheelchairs and prams, and work has begun on restoring the neglected pond.
This is all due to the hard work of volunteers, the neighbouring school Meadow Primary, and Chester Zoo Wildlife Connections.
The park is now a haven for both wildlife and local residents, and has created a truly fantastic community spirit in the area.
The trail was opened by Simon O’Rourke at an event on Saturday, followed by the planting of 400 trees provided by The Woodland Trust for a community orchard. Local business The Little Pickle provided food and Chester Zoo Safari Rangers kept children entertained making bird feeders and bug houses proving how everyone is able to act for wildlife even in the smallest way.
More than 100 people braved the wintry weather to support the event and the day was a huge success.
The Friends of Meadow Park group would like to thank everyone that has helped make their vision a reality, which they say has only been made possible with the fantastic enthusiasm and support they have received from the local community.