Friendly gi­ant joins vis­i­tors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Mike Ben­nett

ASH­FORD Com­mu­nity Wood­land, launched in Mil­len­nium year on Singleton Hill, is rapidly de­vel­op­ing as a vast leisure and ed­u­ca­tional area and a haven for wildlife. The for­est is planted with ma­ture na­tive trees in a part­ner­ship be­tween the coun­cil and the Bri­tish Trust for Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers. Com­mu­nity group chair­man Jenny Tip­pen and her team are anx­ious to at­tract res­i­dents to share its beauty. On Satur­day many, in­clud­ing new ward coun­cil­lors Jessamy Blan­ford and Amanda Hodgkin­son, took the op­por­tu­nity at an open day of guided walks and at­trac­tions that in­cluded the latest ap­pear­ance of the Singleton gi­ant. It also saw the open­ing of the latest sculp­tures by artist Will Glan­field in the form of seats and way­mark­ers. His cre­ations on 15 hectares of woods and grass­land all have holes through which the next can be viewed in the dis­tance. Vis­i­tors could study new carved in­ter­pre­ta­tion pan­els de­signed by Will Hirs­tle with in­for­ma­tion on the wood’s wildlife and his­tory. Jenny Tip­pin said: “The area is a great as­set for both lo­cal wildlife and res­i­dents but we want to share it and let peo­ple know they can visit for walks and pic­nics and to en­joy the stun­ning views of Ash­ford from Singleton hill.”

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Vis­i­tors en­joy the sculp­tures by artist Will Glan­field at the open day

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Peter, Deb­bie, Me­gan and Emily Naden with Teddy the dog

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Caitlin and Molly King, six and three, cel­e­brate the ap­pear­ance of the Singleton Gi­ant and launch of sculp­tures by artist Will Glan­field

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