Sculptree at the Festival of the Tree Monday 23 – Monday 30 August Westonbirt Arboretum

A signature event on the woodcarving calendar, Sculptree is back!

From Monday 23 – Monday 30 August Westonbirt Arboretum will welcome some of the UK’s most talented sculptors to Sculptree at the Festival of the Tree.

Around 24 tonnes of sustainably felled wood recycled from the Westonbirt estate will be transformed by talented sculptors and auctioned on Bank Holiday Monday in support of Tree Aid. Proceeds are split between Tree Aid, the sculptor and Westonbirt Arboretum.

Fancy bidding?
If you would like to participate in the auction you can:
1. Register interest at 
2. Register at the festival at the Forestry Commission’s information marquee.
3. Just bid at the auction by raising your hand and we’ll take your details after.

How has Sculptree supported Tree Aid?
Transforming lives with trees is at the heart of Tree Aid’s work with rural communities in Africa. During almost two decades, Sculptree has raised over £200,000 for vital projects.

Training in forestry and agriculture has helped increase harvests. Villagers have improved their landscapes by planting millions of trees, and have been empowered with the skills to care and protect them.

Communities are learning from each other. Villagers have set up enterprises using tree products and are now able to pay for education and healthcare. Migration to the towns is slowing as people successfully regenerate and build sustainable environments.

You can make a difference to Tree Aid’s work by visiting our marquee at Sculptree or by bidding at the auction on 30th August.

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2010 Sculptree designs

See below for the masterpieces this year’s Sculptree sculptors will be creating…

1. Ant Beetlestone

The sculpture: St. Christopher

St. Christopher, the patron saint of travellers. The character is giant with a fearsome face and yet the child trusts him; a powerful symbol for troubled times.

2. Paul Clarke

The sculpture: Otters

Clean lines through water from powerful tail
Fish flee and hide to no avail
Unkempt on land but keen to preen
Adored and loved but hardly seen

3. Daniel Cordell

The sculpture: Voyage

Inspired by the sculptor’s own crossing the South Pacific Ocean, the piece reflects upon legendary voyages of past, influenced by a greater understanding of the seas, stars and travel.

4. Lee Dickenson

The sculpture: Night and Day

The carving represents balance in the universe. It explores both having balance and the human need for the simple, but often complex concept.

5. Dai Edwards

The sculpture: The Mighty Acorn

'From the tiny acorn, the mighty oak will grow'. An oak sapling will be planted in the tip of the carved acorn, with the hope that it will one day be a mighty oak and the acorn will appear tiny in comparison.

6. Neil Gow

The sculpture: The Dragon

This concept pays tribute to the sculptor’s Welsh connections. Although carved out of wood, it will appear as through ready for action.

7. Tom Harvey

The sculpture: The Fox and the Bear

The sculpture aims to convey the different characters of these two creatures. The bear walks along heavily whilst the fox nimbly dances alongside.

8. Simon Hedger

The sculpture: The Wizard

Inspired by the magic of Merlin’s Hill in South Wales: a place of ancient spirit and imagination, of standing stones and falling castles.

9. Guido Oakley

The sculpture: Nature Spirit

This design encompasses the divine feminine aspect of mother earth. It focuses on her body as being a fusion of earthly elements; wood, crystal and metal.

10. Dan Hunt

The sculpture: Karma Chameleon
The giant chameleon climbing the world’s tallest building to catch a fighter plane represents a battle raging between man and nature.

11. Nigel Sardeson

The sculpture: Sitting Gorilla

Starting with a tree trunk, the sculpture will demonstrate the bulk and power of the gorilla, whilst representing its peaceful nature.

12. John Wingfield

The sculpture: Awakening: The Rebirth of Aphrodite

The shells of this design represent the myth of Aphrodite, the powerful Greek goddess of love and beauty.

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