The response from local people to support a fundraising initiative to enhance Princes Park in Irlam has been tree-mendous!
Irlam woman Lou Booth has a long-time passion for the environment, recycling and nature in general and has hit on a fantastic idea to add some new interest and make the most of Princes Park.
Lou from Highbury Avenue, Irlam, runs her own natural and re-cyclable products company ‘Utopia’ she told the Local Mag, “Living opposite Princes Park for over 10 years I’ve grown a deep connection with nature, the park and the trees so when they had to cut down three of the cherry trees opposite my home I was really upset.
Seeing the bare trunks still in place from my house and lots of dog walkers, families and local people showing an interest in what had happened, I wanted to see if we could save the beautiful trunks and came up with the idea to turn them into lovely carvings and a bench, incorporating nature and the park creating natural works of art that would be there for all.”
After being in communication with Salford City Council, Lou got the go ahead. She added, “I’ve been following Karl from elegant chain saw carvings
for a few years now and I approached him. He’s very happy to turn these trunks in to beautiful creations.”
Unfortunately, with cut backs with parks and recreation services, the council cannot fund it, so Lou will be setting up a crowd funding page to raise funds for the carvings. One of the tree trunks that is still standing will be carved into a totem pole with animals and nature, the other on the ground will be made into a bench. Whilst the second standing ‘stump’ will be open for the public to ‘vote’ on what they would like to see the wood carved into.
So far Louise Booth and her supporters have raised around £1,300 towards the target, with a recent cake sale (pictured) held at the trees raising almost £240, the Rotary Club of Irlam has also chipped in with a donation of £300. With the ‘Local Mag’ adding £60 to the pot. Irlam Rotary Club President Jane Williams said, “A fantastic project that can only add to the appeal of Princes Park, this could be the start of an ‘iconic’ sculpture trail around Princes Park are even the whole of Irlam and Cadishead, that really would be something to see!”
Lou added, “With the help of my neighbour Julia Farrimond (pictured with Lou) we raised £239.49 from the cake sale. We had a queue of people waiting for us to open and sold everything out in just 40 minutes. I have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone and we are nearly half way to our £3,000 target. I will be doing some raffles soon with some lovely prizes and lots more cake sales to be arranged.”
You can make a donation at https://www.facebook.com/Tree-carvings-for-princes-park-irlam-106399587800280/