Trunk call-cherry tree to blossom again as hero sculpture

THE transformation of a felled cherry tree in the centre of Uppermill will start on Monday, April 9 culminating in the emergence of a new piece of art.

The stump of the cherry tree

The diseased tree (pictured right) in St Chad’s Garden was chopped down by Oldham Council due to its on going decline.

Rather than uprooting the entire tree it’s been decided to carve the remaining part of the trunk into a heron.

And the  Council is inviting residents to celebrate the completion of the wooden sculpture during the Easter school holidays; the finishing touches of which will be added on Friday, April 13.

To mark the occasion there will be a variety of woodland craft stalls and families can enjoy range of activities (10am-3pm).

A number of knitted woodland animals will also be hidden around the gardens on the day which, if found, can be taken home by residents.

This project initially came to light following detailed discussions with the council’s Arbor and Countryside Service over the tree’s deteriorating condition.

The tree being chopped down

With the trunk’s prominent position and proximity to the nearby river and local wildlife – of which there have been several sightings of a heron on the riverbank – the costal bird was chosen as the figure to mark this carving.

The heron has a variety of positive meanings and symbolisms in a number of cultures, including self-determination, self-reflection, inquisitiveness, curiosity and determination along with strength and patience.

Helen Lockwood, Executive Director of Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods, said: “This is a fantastic way of preserving an iconic piece of the Uppermill landscape.

“So I encourage you to come down on the final day of sculpting to witness the reveal of this beautiful piece of art.”

A replacement tree will be planted following the felling of the previous cherry tree.


A Saddleworth heron

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