Photo: Year Two pupils and teachers from Thornwell Primary School gather around the salmon with Chepstow’s deputy mayor Ned Hayward (representing the town council which paid for three benches), Bill Thorne of local community group ComBat, who helped develop the project and Denis Manning and Mark Langley of Monmouthshire’s Countryside Section.
The Year Two pupils produced drawings on the theme of tranquility and the sculptor transformed these into metal artworks. Most of the resulting sculptures are small scale and have been placed in trees, creating a challenge for walkers to find them all as they walk through the woods. The final sculpture is a large impression of a River Wye salmon. Its scales are individually made and each one is marked with the initials of children involved in the project. Involving the children from the outset has given them a sense of pride in the project.
Funded by a Welsh Government grant through its Tranquil, Greener and Cleaner scheme, the aim of the project is to make the woods more welcoming to people, making them feel safe and allowing them to enjoy the natural beauty of the environment while discouraging vandalism and fly tipping.