Bognor Regis park becomes home to crafted animal sculptures

Bognor Regis park becomes home to crafted animal sculptures

Simon Groves (Photo: Arun District Council)

Wild animals of all shapes and sizes have taken up residence in the refurbished Sunken Gardens, thanks to local wood sculptor Simon Groves.

The chainsaw artist was tasked with creating the sculptures as part of the refurbishment of the much-loved Bognor Regis gardens.

Before he got to work, a poll was created which allowed the public to choose which animals they would like to see. The winners were a badger, a fox, a seal, a starfish and three Rabbits.

One of the crafted animals. This ones a badger. (Photo: Arun District Council)

Simon, who works from a studio in the South Downs, installed the sculptures over the last few weeks in preparation.

The animals are crafted from sustainably sourced wood and the sculptures will form part of a nature trail for children.

Councillor Sue Wallsgrove, Chair of the Environment Committee at Arun District Council, said: “These sculptures are fantastic.

“They really need to be seen close up to appreciate the skill that has gone into crafting them. The project to improve the Sunken Gardens has spanned several administrations so we’re delighted to see how well-received it’s been, and these sculptures really bring it to life.

Chainsaw artist, Simon Groves, said: “Being involved with this project has been hugely rewarding and I was pleased to receive some lovely comments from passers-by as I worked.”

The project, delivered by Blakedown Landscapes, includes a revamped play area, offering an inclusive roundabout, in-ground trampoline and a basket swing.

Bognor Regis park becomes home to crafted animal sculptures

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