Seek out Andy’s carved creatures along walking trails

March 29 2015

FAMILIES can take up the challenge of seeking out wooden sculptures in Yate and Chipping Sodbury by following two specially devised walking trails.

Andy's carving

FAMILIES can take up the challenge of seeking out wooden sculptures in Yate and Chipping Sodbury by following two specially devised walking trails.
Creatures such as badgers, butterflies and bees have been carved out of fallen and diseased trees by locally-based Andy O’Neill.
He is called in to give a new lease of life to trees that might otherwise be chopped up for firewood, using his creative skills to make sculptures, play features and seats.
A number of them are sited in and around the two towns and now two Walking for Health walk leaders have developed routes that take in the carvings.
Mary Wright and Jan Callicot said each trail was no more than a mile long, one for Chipping Sodbury and the other for the Millside Nature Reserve in Yate.
Leaflets have been produced to give details of the routes and the carvings to be found along them. They also list other locally sited works by Andy that people might want to hunt out.
The Millside trail starts at the reserve entrance on Randolph Avenue, while walkers can pick up the Chipping Sodbury route from the Wickwar Road car park.
As well as a frog, woodlouse, squirrel and snake, there are carvings of an octopus, angel and ladybird to be found.
Andy said: “I have been a full time wood carver for the past seven years and thoroughly enjoy it.
“I have been very lucky in having the support of my local authority, Jane’s Pond Landscaping and Lawrence Tree Services, who have been kind enough to commission me for various projects within my local community.
“I hope people have fun exploring the local area and discovering my work.”
Some of Andy’s other wooden works of art include a flying fish in Brimsham Park play area, Yate, a green man in Ridge Wood, various plaques and a double headed serpent in Kingrove Crescent, Chipping Sodbury.
The trail leaflets, designed and printed by South Gloucestershire Council, are available in libraries, the council’s one stop shops and supermarkets. They can also be viewed on the South Gloucestershire Council website.