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Sunday, May 30, 2010

A beastly bench for Ponteland play park

All creatures great and small can be spotted in a Ponteland park since the introduction of a specially designed bench.
The mini beasty bench has been installed in the new children's play park in Callerton Lane after funding of £800 was provided by Ponteland Extended Services.

The seat has immediately become the star attraction for families as it is covered with carvings of a spider, snail, earthworm, centipede, woodlouse, May fly and other creepy crawlies.

Tree carving specialist Peter Bowsher was commissioned to create the piece, making it out of a huge tree trunk using only a chainsaw.

Extended Services Co-ordinator Sarah Herbert said: "When the play park was completed there was not enough benches for people to sit on so we decided to commission this work from Peter Bowsher.

"We wanted a theme of mini beasts and from a felled tree trunk he has completed this beautiful bench.

"I took my five-year-old daughter to see it and there was a family there asking the children what the creatures were so it is educational as well as practical.

"The people who came to the installation were very impressed with it and it is quite a talking point."

The bench unveiling was attended by Ponteland Mayor Robin Ramsay and youngsters from the recently opened Children's Centre.

Margaret McCormick from Extended Services said: "My children would have loved this when they were young.

"It really adds to the excitement of coming to the park. Absolutely brilliant."
Source: Morpeth Herald