On Friday 6th March 2009, Neil Gow, wildlife wood sculptor and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority staff will work with the children to produce a variety of wildlife sculptures out of florist’s oasis. From their designs and input Neil will be creating a number of wood sculptures on site in Llangattock Beechwoods representing the wildlife found there. When finished, these will be permanently sited for all to enjoy.
In addition, a family walk has been organised on the afternoon of Saturday 7th March by the BBNPA and Arts Alive as part of the Crickhowell Walking Festival. This short guided walk around the beechwoods will include environmental games lead by National Park staff, a demonstration by Neil Gow at work on the sculptures and woodland art activities lead by Kate Raggett – a land artist – from Arts Alive.
Sam Ridge, Assistant Area Warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said: “It’s the first time we have developed a walk like this with Arts Alive for the Festival and the National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund have been delighted to fund it. It will give a large number of local children the opportunity to work with professional artists, allowing them to participate in new experiences and learn new skills.
“We would like to thank the staff and children at Llangattock Primary School, Neil Gow and Kate Raggett for their enthusiastic involvement, Kevin Miles of Park Farm Campsite and Caravan Park for kindly providing free accommodation for Neil Gow and Ken Howell from Crickhowell for providing materials and wood.”
For more information on the Crickhowell Walking Festival please visit www.crickhowellfestival.com
Picture credits: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Education Officer, Francesca Bell exploring Llangattock Beechwoods with children from Llangattock Primary School.