Volunteers carve wooden plaques to mark Bolton's new nature trail
12:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Bolton
STUNNING carved wooden plaques have been created for Bolton’s newest wildlife woodland trail.
A total of eight plaques have been made, each featuring an animal chosen by pupils at Rumworth School in Ladybridge.
Woodcarving artist Thompson Dagnall, aged 57, ran two full-day workshops next to Haslam Park Primary School, teaching adults how to make plaques.
Mr Dagnall also made a sculpture of sycamore leaves, which is at the start of the trail.
He said: “Everyone who took part was really enthusiastic — that was the beauty of it. They did everything I asked of them and more, so it worked really well.
“The plaques were exceptionally good, especially when you consider these people had never made anything like this before.”
It is hoped the woodland trail — and the plaques — will leave a last ing legacy in the borough.
Mr Dagnall said: “The aim is to draw more people down to the woodland part of the reserve.
“Hopefully, in years to come, people will take their children and grandchildren here.”
Of the eight animals, the most popular choice by the pupils of Rumworth School was an owl.
Others included a deer, bat, worm and hedgehog.
Mr Dagnall paid tribute to the pupils at Rumworth School for their creative ideas. He said: “The children’s ideas were perfect for the park because they were all things that you can see when you walk through it.”
This workshop was made possible by Lancashire Wildlife Trust and from the PATH (Protectors and Trustees of Haslam Park) Community Group, which provided funding.
Joanne Moore, the local nature reserve officer for Lancashire Wildlife Trust, said: “The aim of this workshop was to give adults valuable skills.
“This is something that will allow families to bring more people to the local area and hopefully connect more people with nature.”
The trust will be holding a launch event for the wildlife trail at end of next month, with the exact date to be confirmed nearer the time.
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