Sculptor transforms fallen oak tree into wood-carved dragon in South Woodford park

Parents from The Elmhurst Playground Association working with Redbridge VCL raised money for a sculp

Parents from The Elmhurst Playground Association working with Redbridge VCL raised money for a sculptor to transform a fallen oak tree into a dragon. - Credit: Kerry Oliver

A group of parents have transformed a fallen oak tree in a South Woodford park into a carved dragon.

Marshall Lambert from Natural Garden Sculptures is working on the sculptor and the group is raising

Marshall Lambert from Natural Garden Sculptures is working on the sculptor and the group is raising money to have the rest of the wood carved. Picture: Kerry Oliver - Credit: Archant

In April a large oak tree fell down in Elmhurst Gardens and after it was cut up by the council, it became a popular climbing spot for children.

Marshall added: 'more needs to be done in urban green spaces to cater for families to engage with th

Marshall added: 'more needs to be done in urban green spaces to cater for families to engage with the natural environment'. Picture: Kerry Oliver - Credit: Archant

The Elmhurst Playground Association decided to get creative and turn it into a permanent fixture. Working with Vision Redbridge the group raised money and hired Marshall Lambert from Natural Garden Sculptures to carve a dragon into the tree.

Marshall added: 'more needs to be done in urban green spaces to cater for families to engage with th

Marshall added: 'more needs to be done in urban green spaces to cater for families to engage with the natural environment'. Picture: Kerry Oliver - Credit: Archant

Marshall said his work, which is featured in Valentines Park, aims to “bring the rural natural play into urban areas”.

Marshall added: 'more needs to be done in urban green spaces to cater for families to engage with th

Marshall added: 'more needs to be done in urban green spaces to cater for families to engage with the natural environment'. Picture: Kerry Oliver - Credit: Archant

Mum Kerry Oliver said the park has been a lifelife during the pandemic: “To add such a beautiful and artistic play area for all to enjoy is so exciting.” To help finish the carving visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/elmhurst-natural-playground


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