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Tree stumps transformed into works of art

Animals carved from a tree trunk.

Two prominent trees which had to be felled after becoming diseased have been given a new lease of life.

Farnham Town Council commissioned local chainsaw artist Michael Jones to transform the two stumps into beautiful pieces of public art.

The first carving was made from a European Silver Fir which was 26-metres tall before it was felled and is in the old section of West Street Cemetery. In celebration of the wildlife which is attracted to the cemetery, Michael Jones carved the stump into a scene which includes a deer, fox, owl and two owlets, a squirrel and a kite in flight.

The second carving can be seen in Gostrey Meadow and has been created from a common oak which used to stand at 12-metres tall. In a nod to the riverside setting, Michael spent four days creating the carving which includes rushes, dragonflies, a heron, kingfisher and the castle element of Farnham Town Council’s logo.

Councillor Mat Brown, Lead Member for the Environment says: “It is always a little sad when trees have to be felled because they are diseased but thanks to Michael’s chainsaw mastery, these two specimens live on and will be enjoyed and admired by all for many years to come.”

The West Street Cemetery carving is located at the chapel side of the cemetery near the wall, and the Gostrey Meadow carving can be seen just over the bridge by the river.

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