Oct 13 2020

New Duncliffe picnic table showcases woodland wildlife

Visitors to Duncliffe Wood near Shaftesbury will find a stunning new table to sit and enjoy the view. The Wild Duncliffe picnic table features chainsaw-carved wildlife that you can find in the woods, carved and painted into British sweet chestnut and oak timber.
Funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, chainsaw carver Will Lee was commissioned at the end of 2019 to create a picnic table that captured the ecology of this iconic wood. The aim was to encourage visitors to look more closely at the butterflies and flowers they might find. Will worked through lockdown to complete the table, although restrictions delayed its installation. The Wild Duncliffe table finally found its place and was installed at the end of August together with a series of carved logs for children to play on.
 
Woodland Trust site manager, Sarah Stebbing says, “Will has done a great job. It is lovely to see butterflies featured on the table and logs, like the small copper and marbled white, which volunteers monitor throughout the summer. If you look carefully you can also find carvings of harder to spot species, like the pied flycatcher, tawny owl or noctule bat.
 
I really hope that it helps visitors to the wood understand how important it is for a wide range of wildlife”.
 
The picnic table comfortably sits six people from the same household!
               
Written by Rachel Harries Engagement and Communication Officer South West
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