SCULPTURE TRAIL

Found within the Woodland Walk the sculptures along this trail came from an idea suggested by local school children. The route of the walk is marked on the map of the Swiss Garden in PDF format.

All are carved from wood extracted from the garden during restoration. The seven sculptures are:

  • Old tree/New tree
  • Peacock seat
  • Ship
  • Thatched Cottage
  • Four Seasons
  • Fern Fronds
  • Wheelbarrow

Pick up a copy of our sculpture trail and find all seven of these finely carved wooden sculptures.

OLD TREE/NEW TREE

This sculpture shows how trees and woodland can change from dead
and decaying wood (which supports invertebrates) to new growth that
will support a number of animals and birds in its foliage.

 

PEACOCK SEAT

 

 

 

 

 

This seat represents an animal that is best known for its amazing eye
spotted tail feathers or plumage. When it displays the peacock will
stand its tail feathers up to form a fan. This is to attract female, male peacocks love attention!

It is also believed that fanning the tail can be a response to feeling threatened, the peacock makes itself look as big as possible.

THE SHIP

Carved to represent both the Ongley period and that of the Shuttleworth Family. The Ongley family made their money through trading goods via ship, and Frank Shuttleworth’s nautical interest is well documented. A model ship that he owned is on display in Shuttleworth House.

 

 

 

 

 

The boathouse that is visible from this viewpoint was once used by the family. It stands on the edge of Serpentine Lake.

THATCHED COTTAGE

 

 

 

 

 

There are a number of thatched cottages in Old Warden village, formerly owned by Lord Ongley III. He sold the village with Old Warden Park and estate to Joseph Shuttleworth in 1872.

Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dried vegetation that is densely packed trapping air, which provides insulation. This sculpture depicts a cottage on one side and is a seat on the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOUR SEASONS

 

 

 

 

This sculpture represents the four seasons of the year, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It has two birds and a mammal within it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the view over Serpentine Lake across to the old Boat House from this vantage point.

FERN FRONDS

 

 

 

 

This incredible sculpture symbolises a fern, and is nestled within the Woodland walk between the Ship and the Serpentine lake.

 

 

 

 

 

Ferns reproduce via spores (brown specks seen underneath the leaves)
and have neither seeds nor flowers. Some ferns can be used for food,
medicines, or as ornamental plants. Ferns can live in a wide variety of
locations and their leaves are called fronds.

WHEELBARROW

 

 

 

 

 

This sculpture was designed by schoolchildren to recognise the value of
our volunteers, without whom the Swiss Garden would be hard to maintain to look its very best.

 

 

 

 

 

This sculpture is located in the picnic area, on the edge of the Shrubbery Walk.

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