New tree sculpture for Henham Park

A land owner has unveiled the latest addition to his estate after again teaming up with a gifted sculptor.

Hektor Rous, estate manager at Henham Park, near Southwold , enlisted the skills of chainsaw artist Ben Loughrill to create a lasting tribute to his father, Keith Rous – the sixth Earl of Stradbroke.

The wooden sculpture has been carved from a dead tree, and is the third such statue at the site, following on from creations of Boudica and King Ona.

Weeks of sawing and chiselling helped to create the sculpture which now surveys the park which hosts Latitude Festival.

Mr Loughrill said: 'I always have a picture in my mind of what it's going to look like. This one was difficult to begin with because the tree was about 8ft across and I had to make sure it was stable enough to make it happen.

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'It was the hardest of the three. I had to cut away a lot of wood before making anything out of it.

'I'm quite into making people now. I've made so many animals but people are more inspiring – you can give them more expression.'

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Mr Rous said he has sent a photo of the sculpture to his father, who gave it the official thumbs-up.

He also guaranteed it would not be the last to appear on the estate.

'We'll keep doing them. It's a good way to use the dead trees,' he said.

'We're not sure about what's next but it might be something more abstract.'

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