Chainsaw carver Marshall Lambert created the Wild About Highams Park Animal Sculpture Trail in 2019.
The trail, consisting of 12 animal sculptures carved from local trees, was initiated by volunteers from the Highams Park Planning Group and funded by a grant given to Highams Park CIC, as part of the Waltham Forest first London Borough of Culture initiative.
The trees used in the sculpting were provided and taken to site free of charge by the Epping Forest Conservators.
When interviewed by Judith Burnett, Marshall, who turned to chainsaw carving five years ago after a friend introduced him to the craft, said he does it because he enjoys it. He said: ‘It brings a smile to people’s faces, the kids and animals love it.’
You can walk the sculpture trail by using this map Map – Wild About Highams Park – Animal Sculpture Trail
And you can view pictures of the sculptures using this interactive Google Map Interactive Google Map of the Sculpture Trail
One of the sculptures was a beautiful Maypole base and it was used for a dancing display at the Highams Park Spring Festival in May 2019. You can see the dancers in action by clicking on these links:
Maypole Dancing at the Spring Festival 1