A Surreal Sculpture Trail
By the Children of Hebden Royd School

Added Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Colden Clough, June 30th - July 15th

Over the past few months the Children of Hebden Royd Primary School have used their art lessons to create sculptures and installations influenced by the nature and heritage of Colden Clough. Colden Clough, recently designated a Local Nature Reserve, runs from Mytholm Steeps up towards Jack Bridge and holds many delights for walkers and nature lovers alike. Remnants of the industrial revolution combine with woodland and a large mixture of wildlife to create a very special place.

The children's finished creations are being installed in an area of Woodland that was previously the suite of Upper Lumb Mill, and will form a Surreal Sculpture and nature trail which is open for all to walk and enjoy as Hebden Royd's contribution to the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

In the past the children have enjoyed visiting the Sculpture Trail at Hardcastle Craggs, and as this event no longer takes place they thought it a good idea to create their own in a beautiful area of local woodland.

The trail celebrates nature, translated through the eyes of children and we hope that by looking for the unusual and out of place walkers and visitors will also discover and appreciate more of the natural beauty and wildlife hidden within our own local environment.

Included in the trail will be grass sculptures, dragonflies, Painted wooden snapshots of local landmarks, wildlife and flora, along with ceramic work by the children and Hebden Royd's version of the Angel of the North created by 2006 school leavers. Also on show will be a hanging embroidered with the apt Ted Hughes Poem 'A Chinese History of Colden Water', which has been reproduced with the kind permission of Carol Hughes.

A visit to Colden Clough at any time of the year will hold some lovely sights and we hope that our small sculpture trail will enhance and excite your imagination.

The Trail is open from Saturday 30th June and will run until the 15th July. Maps will be available from the Festival Office on Albert Street and the Tourist Information Centre.

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