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Pinetum Willow Sculpture Trail

Poppy Sculpture (c)Matt Pringle

Poppy Sculpture (c) Matt Pringle

New July 2016

In July 2016, some new giant willow sculptures were added to the collection.

Added to the trail we have collections of giant poppy seed heads, to continue the trail from the Pinetum to the Meadow and from gymnosperms to angiosperms.

Created by internationally renowned artist Tom Hare and installed at the start of March 2016. This set of 5 impressive botanical willow sculptures are a must to see in the Pinetum.

Celebrating our champion collection of conifers, each sculpture is modelled on the real cones featuring Pine, Spruce, Cedar, Hemlock and Metasequoia conifers.

At over 3 metres these magnificent willow sculptures allow you to really appreciate the intricacy of the shapes and structure. The cones are interspersed with delicate seed clusters which lead you along the trail in the Pinetum.

These sculptures have been carefully crafted using natural materials, in like with the actual cones. For the naturally darker coloured Pine, Hemlock and Metasequoia black steamed maul willow was used. Whilst for the Cedar cone a flanders red willow was used in keeping with the colour of the actual cones. The seed clusters were made from Brittany blue willow and tissue paper vanished for strength.

Come along and appreciate these glorious botanical sculptures with interpretation boards located near each sculpture you can discover more as you explore the trail.

Pine cone sculpture © Brian Whittaker  Pine cone sculpture © Brian Whittaker

Photographs by Matt Pringle