Sculpture trail is bringing park to life for families

August 01 2016

IF you go down to the woods today you will be in for a big surprise as Stoke Park has an exciting new free sculpture trail.

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IF you go down to the woods today you will be in for a big surprise as Stoke Park has an exciting new free sculpture trail.

The trail, which has been funded by Horfield and Lockleaze Neighbourhood Partnership and the Co-Op, has six hand-carved wooden sculptures hidden around the woods for people to find.

The sculptures, all carved from dead trees in the Longwood part of the woods, were designed by local children and adults who took part in competitions, with the winning designs carved by local wood carver Andy O’Neill during school holidays.

The woman behind the idea, Ruth Revell, applied for the funding with support from Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust. She said: “Despite living in Bristol all my life I've never really appreciated the open space that is Stoke Park until around five years ago when I attended one of the Bristol Post columnist Steve England's walks.

“He taught myself and my young daughter about the nature and wildlife in the park; we felt less isolated and made friends with other park users.

“I've become more involved with volunteering in the park in the last few years including organising a monthly litter pick with a friend. I wanted to give something back to the park, and encourage others to explore and appreciate the area. That is when I applied for the funding.”

After receiving the funding, Ruth asked five local groups to hold competitions to design the sculptures. Stoke Park School, Filton Avenue Primary and Nursery, ‘The Vench’ and the Hub Craft Group all took part.

A downloadable trail map has been created by local designer Marton Goztonyi. Avon Wildlife Trust, alongside Ruth Revell, are in the process of creating an activity sheet for families and schools.

You can find the sculpture trail at the Stoke Park Estate, Duchess Gate, Park Rd, Bristol BS16 1AU. 

There's also a Stoke Park Sculpture Trail Facebook page.