On the 28th October, the Wild Green Places project and the Friends of Stainton and Thornton Green Spaces celebrated the great work that has been done at Maelor’s Wood, that has been funded by The Heritage Lottery and Tesco Bags of Help.
We were joined by 40 local people and representatives from Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Tesco and Grandwork, for a grand reveal of 4 carved oak sculptures and the first try nature themed rubbings trail.
One of the highlights of the day was the palpable excitement in the children in the build up to each reveal and they wasted no time in getting to know the new residents; a magnificent owl, a family of cheeky hedgehogs, a group of squirrels being stalked by a sneeky fox, and two badgers who make a great seat!
Steve Iredale is the local sculptor who created the larger than life animals and the brass rubbings trail, which has pictures of wild animals, birds, trees and fungi, was adapted from drawings from the Stainton Art Society and local families by international comic artist Nigel Dobbyn who lives in Guisborough.
Paul Bamber of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust says “We are delighted with the new artworks, which will give visitors, especially children, an opportunity to enjoy exploring the wood and learn about wildlife whilst making their own art works from the brass rubbing posts. “
The Villagers renamed the Wood from Stanton Wood to Maelor’s Wood earlier this year in recognition of the great public service that Cllr Maelor Williams did for the local natural environment, until his death in 2015.
Alan Liddle, retired postmaster of the Stainton post office and Chair of the Friends groups says “We have watched the wood grow over the last 20 years and are sure that Maelor would approve of how we are caring for and developing the woodland as a place for the whole community to enjoy.”