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 Prince’s 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 Chainsaw 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 crowdfunding 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.
Lou said, “I’m in the early stages but hope to have a ‘just-giving’ page set up in the next few days for people to follow the story of the cherry tree creations and make a donation to the £3,000 needed to create these stunning works of art. I’ll be holding some vegan cake sales by the trees to raise money on odd occasions with the dates to be confirmed.”
The Friends of Irlam Park have also got onboard with the project and will be using their skills to help and act as a conduit for the monies raised. The Rotary Club of Irlam and the Hamilton Davies Trust have also been approached for funding.
Editor’s Note – This should be a brilliant and really interesting project for the Irlam and Cadishead Community. Can you picture a sculpture and natural artwork trail around Princes Park with this tree carving project, promoted by Lou Booth, the first of many installations. Fantastic!