Archive for March, 2010

St.Helens families become sculpture designers for the day at Wood Works festival

Thanks to everyone who came along to the chainsaw sculpture event. Here’s some photos for those that missed it, plus a write-up below:

Local families turned sculpture designers for the day at Four Acre’s Wood Works festival, with their designs brought to life by professional chainsaw sculptors and the
finished pieces set to be installed in a new arts trail at local beauty spot Griffin Wood.

Inspirations for the sculptures, based on Plasticine models moulded by the would-be artists, ranged from famous hallmarks of St.Helens to local wildlife. Jack Murray’s design
of a hand on a rugby ball was re-created perfectly by chainsaw sculptor Andy Burgess, while Julian Taylor produced a loveable snail sculpture designed by Sophie Fairhurst
and her dad Bryan.

The five large sculptures will be installed over the next few weeks to create an arts trail through the woodland to provide an extra point of interest for regulars and newcomers alike.

Guided tours of the woodland’s new sculpture trail are also planned – watch this space for details.

The Friends of Griffin Wood are always looking for new recruits and have organised a series of free family courses at the Leaf Centre (formerly Chester Lane Community Centre) on the second Saturday of the month over the next six months. The first, Gardening forWildlife, takes place from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 10th April. Call Helen Collins on 01925 816217 to book your place.

See Griffin Wood’s new sculptures take shape before your eyes!


Griffin Wood comes to town on Saturday 13th March 2010 with a free carnival of wild crafts in Four Acre.

Families attending the ‘Wood Works’ festival at the Leaf Centre (formerly Chester Lane Community Centre) on Four Acre Lane will see five of the region’s top chainsaw sculptors in action and be able to try a range of activities, from apple pressing to creating garden planters and bird boxes.

Helen Collins of organisers The Mersey Forest said: “This festival is all about bringing something a little different right to people’s doorsteps. The wood sculptures that are created will be installed at nearby Griffin Wood – so not only will it be a great day, it’ll also provide lasting art for the whole community to enjoy.”

The event kicks off at 10.30am outside the Centre with a speed chainsaw carving competition between the five sculptors. Over the course of the morning, members of the public can then suggest ideas for the main pieces to be made during the afternoon and see their suggestions brought to life.

Guests are encouraged to bring a pair of sunglasses if they are sensitive to sawdust.

Indoors there will also be a wide range of stalls and activities throughout the day until 4pm for children and adults, provided by organisations including Groundwork, Cycling Projects, Red Rose Forest, BTCV  and Forestry Commission.