11 Jul 2017

New arts trail for Pan Country Park

A new arts trail in Newport has been officially opened. The Pollen Trail at Pan Country Park, Newport, features sculptures of pollens, carved benches depicting local wildlife and information boards about pollinators.

The three quarter of a mile long route has a total of eight hand-crafted sculptures and benches by local artists and sculptors made from wood and celebrates the area’s beautiful flora and fauna. The project was funded by money for arts as part of the Pan Meadows planning permission paid to the Isle of Wight Council by the developer and is managed by Gift to Nature – the charity that manages the country park on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council.

Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member for planning and housing, Councillor Barry Abraham, said: “This arts trail really reflects the beautiful location within which it sits and aims to be engaging and informative to users. I hope it will be a much loved attraction for residents and visitors alike and I applaud the hard work carried out in seeing this beautiful trail brought to fruition.”

Ward representative for Pan, Councillor Geoff Brodie, said; “The Pan Country Park and the imaginative Pollen Trail through it, is a real asset for my local community and Newport as a whole. Walkers will be able to get away from the bustle of the county town in no time and enjoy our local countryside. My thanks to all involved in its conception, design and delivery.”

Manager at Gift to Nature, Matthew Chatfield, said: “Gift to Nature is proud to be involved in managing one of the countries newest country parks. It’s great that the Isle of Wight Council has set aside this land, which previously had been inaccessible to the public.”

The carved benches feature butterflies, dormice and the bullhead fish. The bullhead fish can be found within the Pan streams and only a few other locations on the Isle of Wight. The benches were carved by local chainsaw artist, Paul Sivell, from the company The Carved Tree. The oversized representations of pollens were designed and sculpted by Artecology Ltd.

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Carved wooden bench at Pan Country Park
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  • The sculptures and benches have been made by local artists and sculptors and celebrates the area’s beautiful flora and fauna.
 
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