21st May, 2019

Wood carver gave facelift to trees in Stoke Green park on annual fun day

Felix Nobes 24th Jul, 2018

A WOOD carver gave trees at Stoke Green park a facelift as part of an annual Community Fun Day on Sunday (July 22).

The hundreds of people who flocked to the fun day were joined by a giant green man being chiselled in to an old horse chestnut tree at the park, off Binley Road.

Wood carver Graham Jones has been commissioned to turn the large tree stump into a piece of art and his green man is based on a design by a pupil at Gosford Park junior school.

It’s part of works to improve the park which will eventually have a new avenue of elms to replace the ageing horse chestnuts.

Graham’s green man was one of the big hits at the fun day, hailed as one of the best ever by the organisers, the Gosford Park Residents’ Association and the Stoke Park Residents’ Group.

There were nearly 20 stalls in the park, including the usual favourites, such as tombola, bottles and books, clothes and cakes, and one organised by the newly-formed Stoke Local History Group.

There were fun races and games for the children, and music through the afternoon was provided by the Jaguar Land Rover Band.

The fun day raised over £1,000 which will go towards improving the parks and other facilities in the area.

One of the organisers, Corinne Spencer of Hugh Road, said: “It was a wonderful day and as always, it was a fantastic community effort. It was all done thanks to donations from individuals and local businesses, and the hard work of volunteers.”

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