Thursday, 31 October 2013

Sculpture trail and family fun at Anglesey Abbey

Today we opened our new sculpture trail at Anglesey Abbey. The families who've been working on the project since August 'cut the ribbon' and followed the trail through the grounds. Cambridge News sent a photographer, so keep an eye on the local paper - we might be in it!

Strung high in the trees, the giant butterflies look spectacular against a perfect blue sky, while the spider's web and spider have been hung lower so everyone can see the beautiful pewter casts that the children made a few weeks ago.

And we finally got our first sight of the crocodile which the children had dreamt up at the start of the project and which had been brought to life (well, almost) by Angus from the Anglesey gardening team. It's lurking on the bank of the Lode, just near the mill.

The urn at the south end of the Coronation Avenue is now doing duty as an egg cup for the enormous willow egg, spoon and wooden soldiers. We stopped here for a group photo, but the egg is so big, it was difficult to get everyone in!

The sculpture trail project is the third collaboration between Anglesey Abbey and the Croft Child and Family Unit. Funding from BBC Children in Need through Arts and Minds has enabled children and parents to work with artists, creating some of the features that have helped make Anglesey a popular destination for families and community groups, like the Dream Dome and tunnel in the Wildlife Discovery Area, and the prints in Lime Tree Lookout. This year, artist Jane Frost has been encouraging the children to 'think big', and is impressed with how much they've achieved in a relatively short time. The project has been so successful that the Croft Unit have invited Tabi, who helped the children cast the pewter droplets for the spider's web, to run a workshop at the Unit itself. 

After the launch of the sculpture trail, we were busy down at the Discovery Cabin with hands-on activities for visitors. Susie Turner, who's worked with the Croft previously, showed children how to make beautifully detailed leaf prints. 

Willow weaving was really popular, with quantities of baskets, wands, crowns and birds being made (and a few things that were harder to identify). We also had den building, mini land art and printing with stamps. 

So, a busy day, but a lot of people had a lot of fun and went home happy.

Kate Boursnell
Community Reporter

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