Local artist turns tree damaged by storm into work of art

An oak tree planted by the 1st Drayton Scout Group nearly 30 years ago, was severely affected by high winds.  The tree by the pond on Suter Drive in Drayton split during a gale in August.

To ensure the area was safe for residents, Broadland & South Norfolk Council’s Amenity and Landscape Team were forced to remove all of the tree’s remaining limbs, leaving a very sizeable stump.

Due to the stump’s prominent location, the team were keen to make good use of it. They decided to bring in local wood sculptor Martin Pigg to turn the stump into a seat for residents to use, with a carved green-man face for decoration.

For the grand unveiling of the carving the 1st Drayton Scouts Group were invited along to plant a replacement tree. Also in attendance was Derek Sizeland and David Herring, who ran the Scout Group when the tree was planted in the 1990s.

The new tree, a Norway Maple ‘Pacific Sunset’ will add an ornamental twist to the natural landscape with its vibrant red and orange autumn colours. If you think a tree has become dangerous – and it’s on council-owned land – please let us know by emailing conservation@broadland.gov.uk.

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