Bradgate visi­tors dam­ag­ing new sculp­ture

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

AN IN­TRI­CATELY carved, three­me­tre tall, wood sculp­ture of a stag, which greets visi­tors to Bradgate Park in New­town Lin­ford, is be­ing dam­aged by peo­ple climb­ing on it.

The sculp­ture was erected just re­cently and now New­town Lin­ford Par­ish Coun­cil is mak­ing an im­pas­sioned ap­peal on be­half of res­i­dents.

A spokesper­son for the coun­cil said: “The Friends of Charn­wood For­est and the res­i­dents of the vil­lage re­cently com­mis­sioned a sculp­ture of a stag’s head from a 300 year-old oak tree stump, us­ing renowned lo­cal wood sculp­tor Peter Lead­bet­ter.

“This great work of art is sadly be­ing dam­aged by peo­ple climb­ing on it, mainly to take fam­ily pho­to­graphs.

“The antlers are be­com­ing loose and it is barely four months since it was carved.

“It would be a great shame for such acts of thought­less­ness to re­sult in the de­struc­tion of such a beau­ti­ful sym­bol of our land­scape.”

The Stag sculp­ture.

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