Woodland fun day to mark anniversary of Ty Sculpture Trail

PUBLISHED: 07:11 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 07:15 09 May 2019

Opening the trail are Piers Partridge and Phil Carter who created it.

Opening the trail are Piers Partridge and Phil Carter who created it.

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The team behind a popular sculpture trail in Wraxall are running a woodland adventure day.

Piers Partridge and Fiona Andrew with the map of Ty's Sculpture Trail.Piers Partridge and Fiona Andrew with the map of Ty's Sculpture Trail.

The Ty Sculpture Trail was set up in Towerhouse Wood by Piers Partridge in memory of his son Ty who died of leukaemia at the age of 21.

Piers is a volunteer warden for the woodland and Ty spent a lot of his childhood running around the woods with his friends.

The Ty Sculpture Trail features stone carvings of native animals, birds and footprints, which were carved out of limestone by Piers.

More: Families flock to Ty Sculpture Trail.

To celebrate what would have been Ty's 30th birthday, and the third anniversary of the sculpture trail, Piers and his partner Fiona Andrews are holding a woodland adventure day on Sunday.

The event will feature forest school activities, an animal party, games and fun activities.

Piers said: "This year we are planning to run the Dormouse Woodland Adventure on Sunday to celebrate the third anniversary since the launch of the Ty Sculpture Trail in May 2016 and also the day we would have celebrated Ty's 30th birthday.

"We've been overwhelmed by the success of the trail. There's been a constant stream of visitors.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would bring so many children to the woods.

"When you lose a child, anything we can do which keeps some energy alive in the world is just really satisfying for us.

"When I started doing these sculptures, all I wanted was to do something written in stone for Ty.

"I never imagined it would catch children's imaginations so much. It's been great."

The latest addition to the woods is a glass dragonfly, which can be found near the brook.

There are also a number of secret sculptures to find which are not on the map.

The Dormouse Woodland Adventure is free and will include an animal party with the Big Lanky Monkey at 1pm and 3pm, forest school activities, storytelling sessions and games with Michael Loader and a woodland quiz trail.

The adventure day runs from 10.30am-4pm and the trail map and quiz forms are available from Jacklands Farm Shop, at Jacklands Fishing Lakes in Tickenham. The easiest way to access the trail is through Jacklands Fishing Lakes.

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