Bersted Park Community Centre area
For the last few months I have been enjoying my afternoon walks with Beano admiring the beauty of these new sculptures that have been installed in the last year, funded by Berkeley Homes and created by local artist Simon Groves as part of a community Art Project.
This new housing development is only a couple of hundred meters from my house and the land where it stands has been totally transformed in the last 5 years, from farmland to housing. It would be fair to say that, although we didn’t welcome all the noise, dust and traffic problems from the building of the new site, the end product is rather pretty and it has definitely been an improvement to the area, providing affordable homes to young families.
The first sculpture I come across on my walk is the one of 3 egrets perched on a pole and it stands on a little island in the large community pond where a couple of swans nest every year quite successfully. We all look forward to seeing their cygnets in early summer and they have had as many as 7 chicks in the past! Such a joy to see!
Egrets on the island where swans nest
Swans nesting on the bottom left corner among reeds
The second magnificent wooden sculpture I come across is a most original sofa that looks very much made out of leather from a distance, so much so that when I first saw it, I really thought someone had dumped their unwanted furniture there and felt most outraged! When it became clear what it was, I remember having a good laugh with other neighbours and dog walkers saying that a coffee table and TV might follow!!! Needless to say we are still waiting.
The comfy sofa, but where is the telly?
Next on my walk is this superb bench decorated with various carved insects, worms and other superb creatures. Just look at that dragon fly!
Beautiful intricate carvings on this bench by school
More amazing carvings on the other side
From a different angle
Then we come across this exotic plant that looks like a palm tree. Again, look at the detail in the wood carving: simply superb!
An exotic plant
Close-up of head
Next is this football and cricket combination by the sports field.
Football and cricket rolled into one
A better view of the cricket bat
Finally , we finish our sculpture trail walk with a representation of The Sword in the Stone right by the new Community Centre and play area. Isn’t it just wonderful!
The sword in the Stone seat
From the back, showing play area
I hope you have enjoyed your walk with me: I know I have and do every afternoon! Thank you for coming along.