Wildlife sculpture trail to be launched at Halesworth glamping site

Adele Goodchild with one of the sculptures created for the new wildlife art trail at Ivy Grange Farm

Adele Goodchild with one of the sculptures created for the new wildlife art trail at Ivy Grange Farm in Wetshall. Picture: Adele and Paul Jackson. - Credit: Archant

The owners of a glamping firm have been working with a Bungay-based artist to create an exciting new wildlife trail at their site.

Sculptures created for the new wildlife art trail at Ivy Grange Farm in Wetshall. Picture: Adele and

Sculptures created for the new wildlife art trail at Ivy Grange Farm in Wetshall. Picture: Adele and Paul Jackson. - Credit: Archant

Kim and Nick Hoare launched their luxury camping venture at Ivy Grange Farm in Westhall, near Halesworth, over six years ago after relocating from London in the search of a better quality of life.

They have been improving the habitat in their three-acre yurt meadow to encourage a range of wildlife, from barn owls to hedgehogs and bugs of all sorts.

And now the couple are working with artist Adele Goodchild to offer a trail full of wildlife sculptures.

Mr Hoare said: 'We started a wildlife nature trail last year with information boards about the different creatures and saw that adults and children alike were fascinated by the wildlife and habitats.


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'So this year we decided to develop the idea by commissioning some wildlife art.'

The couple approached Ms Goodchild whose work as a wildlife photographer and artist combines neatly to conjure up a collection of well-observed, larger-than-life creatures and habitats to surprise guests as they explore the meadow and woods.

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From dragonflies and damselflies to a giant harvest mouse nest - created from thin strips of cedar wood by Ms Goodchild's son Nick - as well as a few other surprises.

Ms Goodchild said: 'I jumped at the chance to get involved and it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to use my creativity in different ways.'

This is the first year of a two-year project, with an open day planned for the launch of the completed wildlife art trail in spring to help raise funds for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Suffolk Broads appeal.

Mrs Hoare said: 'We're hoping to quietly educate guests as to the importance of habitats such as wildlife corridors that are essential to creatures such as the harvest mouse – which we'd love to have nesting here - as well as species such as the ever popular hedgehogs which are commonly spotted rustling around the meadow at night.'

To find out more about the project and the holiday park visit www.ivygrangefarm.co.uk

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