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Artists create fresh attractions at Kilnsey Park

l-r, Andres Bergs, Carl Lis, Jamie Roberts and Hester Cox gather round new interpretation panel
l-r, Andres Bergs, Carl Lis, Jamie Roberts and Hester Cox gather round new interpretation panel
New sculptures at Kilnsey Park
New sculptures at Kilnsey Park

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Kilnsey, 4 April, 2017

A sculpture trail and a series of interpretation panels have been unveiled at Kilnsey Park Estate near Grassington.

One of the sculptures is a giant Lady’s Slipper Orchid woven out of willow by Wetherby-based artist, Leilah Vyner; Kilnsey is one of only a handful of places within the National Park where the flower can be seen. Another is a leaping fish, by Wensleydale chainsaw sculptor, Andris Bergs.  

The ten interpretation signs, designed by illustrator Gary Davies, give insights into the history of the park and its wildlife, while a new geocache trail uses linocut prints by Hester Cox from Horton-in-Ribblesdale.  Her evocative images capture the essence of the park, including the famous view of the lakes with the magnificent Kilnsey Crag in the background.

The project has also included the creation of new map for visitors to use.  It has been made possible in part by a grant of £9,882 from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

Kilnsey Park currently attracts 45,000 visitors each year. It offers a range of activities including fishing, walking routes, pony trekking and cycling.

Estate owner Jamie Roberts said it had been a pleasure to work with so many local artists: “With this new project we want visitors to experience a sense of wonder about what makes this area of the Dales so special. From the awesome natural landmark of Kilnsey Crag to the smallest bee at the hive and everything in between, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.”

YDNPA Chairman Carl Lis said: “An important part of our work is to promote the Yorkshire Dales National Park as a leading sustainable tourism destination.  These new artworks and interpretation make Kilnsey Park an even more distinctive place to visit.  I salute Jamie and his team for their imagination and investment.”

Andris Bergs, who has been creating chainsaw sculptures across the country for 16 years, said: “The trout sculpture was carved from a willow tree. I worked closely with the fishermen, so each time they caught a trout I was able to look at it and take inspiration for the carving. Fortunately the tree stumps were just the right shape to be turned into leaping fish.”

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