Heron carving set to soar at family fun day

THERE will be fun for all the family at a special woodland event in Uppermilll to mark the unveiling of a new heron sculpture.

Members of Monday @8 with their knitted woodland animals ready for the family fun day in Uppermill

The sculpture, in St Chad’s Library Gardens, will be carved out of the base of a cherry tree which has been in decline over recent years and has now been removed.

The move comes following discussions between Saddleworth and Lees District Executive and Oldham Council’s Arbor and Countryside Service.

“Following discussions, the difficult decision has been reached that the tree will have to be removed,” a district executive spokesperson said.

“But all is not lost as it was felt that it was worth exploring this unique opportunity to create an addition to the gardens.

“A replacement tree will be planted in the gardens and the Council has engaged an artist to create a sculpture into the remaining trunk of the tree.

“Given the proximity to the river and local wildlife, the decision has been made for a heron to be created.

“There have been sightings of a heron on the riverbank just near the cherry tree and the natural proportions of a heron would suit the thickness and height of the remaining trunk.”

Saddleworth and Lees District Executive agreed to fund the project and the sculpting will take place during the week commencing April 9 and will be completed on April 13.

To celebrate, there will be a variety of woodland and country craft activities taking place on April 13 from 10am-3pm for all the family to enjoy in the Library Gardens.

And members of Monday@8 at Uppermill Methodist Church have been busy getting ready for the event by knitting woodland animals.

They were received by Christine Wilson, from the Saddleworth and Lees District Team, after her interesting talk to the group about the work of the team and the Fun Day.

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