Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Opening of Woodland Walk Sculpture Trail

Bishop Kieran next to the deer sculpture
Earlier this year the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry accompanied by members of Cranleigh DFAS (Decorative Fine Arts Society) to visit St Joseph’s Specialist School and College to join staff and learners for the official opening of the Woodland Walk Sculpture Trail. DFAS provided sponsorship for the deer sculpture, created by Alison Catchlove, a local artist. Work began on the metal sculpture during Arts week in Autumn 2013; when learners from St Joseph’s Specialist School & College were taught how to beat and shape the metal panels used to make the deer, they also chose it’s name - Spartacus Uhu, (Uhu is Farsi for deer).

A Green Man can also be found along the route of the woodland walk. Principal, Mary Fawcett told guests: “The Green Man was only installed last week, so we are delighted that already a bird is making it its home and building a nest. It is our intention that the trail will continue to be added to over the coming months and years, to provide a multisensory experience for all our learners to enjoy.”

The refurbishment of the Woodland Walk and Nature Trail has been made possible by help during Grounds Days from staff, learners and their families and other volunteers. Bishop Kieran said “The finished pieces are fantastic and a real delight to see.”

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