Scunthorpe nature reserve to get new trail featuring amazing chainsaw sculptures

Planning and Environment
09:25, Wednesday, 1st May 2024

A new ‘Time Trail’ across Atkinson’s Warren local nature reserve in north Scunthorpe will feature incredible chainsaw sculptures of North Lincolnshire’s former, and current, inhabitants.

Families will be sent on a mission to find the sculptures, which will all be relevant to the region’s long history.

They will include a Roman solider, a wild boar, a sabre tooth tiger, a sparrowhawk, a nine metre long pliosaur and many more.

A specially carved seat will mark the beginning and end of the Time Trail, and youngsters will be encouraged to bring paper and crayons along as there will be pole rubbings to try on the way.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Environment said: “This will be a wonderful way for families to get out, connect with nature, learn a little bit about our heritage and have fun.

“I am really pleased to see Government money being used to enhance our environment like this, and I look forward to seeing these incredible sculptures.”

The trail is being funded with a £16,400 of Government money from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Fund is designed to increase community pride by supporting businesses and helping people achieve better outcomes, access opportunities, and lead better lives.

Lincolnshire sculptor Mick Burns will be creating the carvings, and a demonstration day of him in action is due to take place around September.

It is hoped the Time Trail will be open to visitors in the autumn.

(Pictures of previous chainsaw sculptures courtesy of Mick Burns)

Thee carved wooden boars' headsA large carved wooden barn owl on a tree trunk