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A Sculpture Created From The Remains Of A Vandalised Tree Has Been Unveiled In Richmond
Monday - October 3, 2016
Vice Chairman of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Angie Dale, checked out the work of art created in Friary Gardens.

The large tree was felled earlier this year for safety reasons - it was suffering from disease as well as being vandalised. Instead of simply cutting it down, Richmond councillors Linda Curran and Stuart Parsons had the idea of commissioning a carving so the park would feature a new piece of art which fit into the natural surroundings. Artists have now transformed the four by three metre stump in the centre of the town centre gardens funded by £1550 from the District Council.

“The finished piece reflects the history of the park and Richmond – including local nature and wildlife,” said Councillor Dale.   “The work will allow the tree to live on for many more years to come and act as a focal point in the park.”

The carving was created by Dutch-born Lukas Beben, with Field House Logs, based in Cleasby, near Darlington, run by Ben Rennison who specialise in kiln-dried firewood, bespoke furniture and carvings.

Photo: Councillor Dale is pictured seated right with Ben Rennison of Fieldhouse Logs.

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