The gardens at Valentines are home to many species of bird, including Blue and Great Tits, Sparrows and Starlings, and not to mention the chirpy characters in the aviary.
And now, we have a new member – a Tawney Owl, but not as you know it! The sycamore tree which previously stood tall between the Mansion and gardens, has been transformed by a chainsaw artist from Natural Garden Sculptures, into a giant version of the wise creature.
The tree, which was rooted here for approximately 80 to 100 years, sadly became diseased. Fortunately, rather than losing the tree altogether, the artist was commissioned to create a permanent work of art for visitors and park lovers to enjoy.
Marshall, a local artist who has previously worked his magic in other parts of the borough, was commissioned to create the 8ft sculpture. Simon Litt, Valentines Park Manager commented “We wanted to celebrate 10 years since the restoration of Valentines Gardens with something special and this seemed like the perfect choice. The chance to save a tree that has lived here for many years with a piece of art for all to enjoy.”
The structure can be found just by the entrance to the walled kitchen garden.
For more information contact Valentines Mansion on 0208 7088100.