Owl sculpture is a real head-turner

The owl wood carving at East Pines Park in Anchorsholme
The owl wood carving at East Pines Park in Anchorsholme
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Owls may not normally be spotted in the daylight, but this feathered friend in Anchorsholme can be seen any time.

The wood carving was created from an old tree stump in East Pines Park and now takes pride of place in the recently regenerated amenity.

Residents, local school children, the council and police have been working together over the last few months to turn the park into a bright community space.

The next stage of the plan will involve the planting of 2,000 plants and flowers.

The spectacular owl carving was created by James Shelliker, of Kirkham-based Acorn Woodcraft.

He spent more than five hours turning the tree stump into the carved creature, with local residents watching – and much to the delight of school children who ended their day and came out of school to see the finished article.

Anchorsholme councillor, Paul Galley said everyone was delighted with the carving.

“It all came about really after the park had some problems with anti-social behaviour over the summer.

“The police, residents and council all got together to work out what we could do about it.

“A few different things were done – there were a lot of hedges which made some parts a bit too sheltered, so some of the hedges were removed.

“New gardens have been created and more flowers are going to be planted.

“Different groups have got involved, such as Blackpool FC Community Trust, who ran some free football training sessions.

“People from Warren Hub, which works with people with special needs and dementia helped and will be helping with our new flower-beds.

“Blackpool Council has been great and really supportive and everybody has pulled together to enhance the park and make it a special area.

“The owl is really a symbol of that.

“There was an old, big tree which was on its last legs – it had to come down, as it was dangerous.

“We wanted to do something special with it and I had seen wood carvings being done when I visited another park.

“We felt it would be great for East Pines.

“James, the wood carver, has done a fantastic job on it. He worked really hard in horrible weather to create the owl. It looks wonderful.

“We also held a raffle for the winner to get chance to name the owl and to raise money to buy the new plants for the park.

“The owl really symbolises how everyone has worked together to turn a problem into a positive.”