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Stunning sight for saw eyes

A former art student who discovered a talent for chainsaw sculpture has created a magnificent menagerie of woodland creatures in Wrexham

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collection of giant squirrels, owls and hawks is brightening the grounds of Pendine Park Care Organisation in the leafy suburbs of Wrexham, each one carved by Paul Morris. Paul, 55, is a skilled member of Pendine’s gardening and maintenance team, and wanted to add colour to the rolling 11-acre site in Summerhill Road and give the residents something extra to enjoy. He

Paul, a father of four and a grandfather is currently working on one of his most of four, has always had an artistic streak. ambitious projects yet as he carves out ‘I did go to art college many years ago, a grizzly bear at the personal request he says, ‘although I wasn’t there long. of proprietor Mario Kreft MBE. But I think I’m still a bit arty. I like to Paul discovered his chainsaw carving sketch out my designs first. skills by accident after deciding ‘I like doing meerkats, but I’m to have a go at making an garden ‘I’ve done not sure they’d work in the setting owl for his wife’s birthday. ‘My all sorts of at Pendine Park. It’s not a long wife has collected lots of porcelain designs, from process and I can do a fair-sized owls over the years, so I decided squirrels to owl in a couple of days. Although to have a go at carving one using field mice. I really enjoy it the bear I’m doing for Mario my chainsaw,’ he says. ‘I managed and it’s very Kreft will take me perhaps four it, although it was quite a simple therapeutic’ or five days, doing a bit a time.’ design – it was just a case of tackling the job methodically. New elements ‘It must have been a half-decent job because my wife, Gaynor, loved it. Since ‘I’m delighted then I’ve gone on to perfect my technique to include a fair bit and done all sorts of designs, from the sculptures squirrels and owls to hawks and field mice. within the I really enjoy it and it’s very therapeutic.’’ gardens at Pendine Park,’ Second life for trees says Mario. ‘They Paul, who worked as a woodsman at blend in naturally National Trust’s Erddig Hall in Wrexham and also add a for many years, uses any storm-damaged new element to trees for his designs. ‘We lost one tree to a the garden design. storm and it had to be chopped down, so I ‘I’m particularly asked our head gardener Andrew Jones if he looking forward to could leave me about six foot of the stump,’ seeing the bear as says Paul. ‘I then designed an owl and used it will has a very my chainsaw to complete the sculpture. special meaning ‘The squirrel was made from of a for me. My late section of ash that was cut down when father, Franz Kreft, it became infected with a disease. I travelled the world managed to save a big piece of unaffected working as a bear tree and used that for the sculpture. and lion trainer, It’s almost as if the trees get a second and the sculpture chance to inspire even when they have will be dedicated to come to the end of their natural life.’ his memory.’

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