Brooklands Play Area Welcomes its new Residents

Tue 12 Apr 2011

The children’s play area is now home to a menagerie of larger than life wooden creatures, specially commissioned for the site.  They have all been created by renowned wood sculptor, John Wakefield, whose carved figures can be seen in public spaces all over the country.  The animals are big enough to climb or sit on and the artist says he loves producing pieces for children because, “once they climb up on their and their imagination takes flight it can take them anywhere.”

The animals include a water vole, a mole, a hare, a frog and a giant bee.   John says those particular creatures were not chosen randomly.

“The developers at Brooklands, Places for People,  have taken such care and put so much effort into designing those so important green spaces on the site that I wanted them to have something which truly belonged there,” he says.  “We did a bit of research to find out what creatures might actually live at Brooklands and those are the ones we have made.”

The cuddly creatures are soft to the touch but should be there for children to enjoy for decades to come.  “We bought a coastal redwood tree from the Longleat Estate, where the safari park is, because the wood is so durable but soft to the touch.”  He also says redwood very rarely splinters and over time, as lichens grow on the animals they will blend into their surroundings, “as if they’ve always been there.”

Places for People Project Director, Simon Elcock, says, “We have put a great deal of thought and effort into the green spaces at Brooklands because they are so important in making the difference between a place to live and a community of homes.  We’re really delighted with John’s animals and  they are perfectly at home in the children’s play area which is going to be a wonderfully exciting place for them for many years to come.”

Brooklands is set in 360 acres and will eventually include 2, 500 homes, schools, shops and offices, all surrounded by landscaped areas, sports facilities and countryside walks.  The marketing suite and show homes are open seven days a week from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

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