A magical new sculpture trail has just opened at Roundhay Park for the summer

Created by Yorkshire chainsaw artist, Shane Green.

One of Europe’s largest parks has just opened a fun new sculpture trail perfect for the whole family.

The new attraction has been created by Yorkshire chainsaw artist, Shane Green.

Known as the ‘Yorkshire Carver’, Green has transformed felled beech trees into gorgeous sculptures of owls, herons, butterflies, fish and more.

He has created a total of 16 tree sculptures for visitors to discover and marvel at throughout the 700-acre park.

Image: Leeds City Council

This project not only provides a wholesome day out for the whole family as they venture through the woodland to say hello to the friendly creatures, but it has also given the native trees a new lease of life.

The trail begins at the entrance to Roundhay Park on Park Lane, guiding visitors through Ram Wood to the wildflower meadow past the castle folly.

There are eight sculptures marked on the trail map, with another eight linked pieces located nearby, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of the park – so make sure you’re wearing comfortable footwear!

Image: Leeds City Council

Shane Green, a local from Otley, has previously represented Great Britain at the international chainsaw carving competitions in America, and it’s easy to see why as his work stuns from photographs alone.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Green expressed his pride in working with Roundhay Park: “It’s one of the biggest parks in Europe, so I’m really proud doing it there.”

He said that the lifelike and larger-than-life sculptures bring a touch of magic, particularly for children, encouraging them and adults alike to be imaginative and curious.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for climate, energy, environment, and green space, praised the wood-carved artworks, stating they “make a wonderful addition to the park.”

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