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Eco-friendly sculpture unveiled at Grapes Hill Community Garden in Norwich by artists Patrick Goodall

PUBLISHED: 12:23 15 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 15 March 2015

Unveiling of a new sculpture at Grapes Hill Community Garden. Sculptor Patrick Goodall and Fran Ellington, secretary of Grapes Hill Community Garden.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Unveiling of a new sculpture at Grapes Hill Community Garden. Sculptor Patrick Goodall and Fran Ellington, secretary of Grapes Hill Community Garden. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

Crowds gathered to watch the unveiling of a new piece of art at a Norwich park on Saturday.

Local residents and volunteers turned out to see the sculpture get unveiled. Photo: Joanna Rice Local residents and volunteers turned out to see the sculpture get unveiled. Photo: Joanna Rice

Artist Patrick Goodall unveiled his creation at the Grapes Hill Community Garden off Valentine Street.

“This piece symbolises man’s relationship with nature,” Mr Goodall said.

The tree also contains a fountain which is powered by solar panels and the water is collected in a rainwater tank.

The sculpture is carved from a felled cherry tree and depicts a man and woman holding hands around the trunk of the tree.

“To think this tree was just going to be chucked onto a bonfire is unbelievable,” Mr Goodall added.

Fran Ellington, secretary and trustee for the garden, said: “I hope it will make people talk. When you come into the garden you would just think it was another tree until on closer inspection it is an intricately-carved fountain.”

“This is a project that has been five years in the making at is great that it can now be appreciated,” she added.

Richard Bearman, Green Party county councillor for Mancroft Ward, said: “Hopefully some people will have discovered the garden here for the first time today.”

“This space belongs to the community so if you haven’t been you should come and take a look,” he added.

• Do you know any hidden gardens or parks in Norfolk? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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