We've had many people asking and commenting on the lovely new welcome sculpture at the entrance to the park.
The sculpture was gifted to the park by Peter Garside (picture above, centre) as a memorial to his late wife, Pauline. Peter and Pauline walked their dogs in the park regularly for many years, finding it especially helpful as a way of enjoying the outdoors when Pauline was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Pauline even tried cycling for the first time in 50 years in the park with inclusive cycling project You Can Bike Too! Pauline loved the park and Peter felt it would be a fitting tribute to add something really special to the entrance, welcoming visitors as they arrive.
We have worked with Rowan Humberstone on several projects now including our orchard signs and thought they would be the perfect organisation to create a memorial sculpture. Rowan is a small Cambridge charity and arts centre working with people with learning disabilities by sharing skills and giving meaningful opportunities through accessing the arts. Mr Garside met with Rowan and park staff to discuss ideas and Rowan's student artists, Ash and Francis (pictured with Mr Garside above) worked on the chosen design. The design is carved from oak and depicts some of the wildlife Pauline enjoyed seeing in the park, including a swan and coot by lily pads carved on the front of the design and a beautiful dragonfly on the back.
We think this is a really special addition to the park and would like to thank Peter for this donation and Rowan for their care in creating and installing this piece. We hope our visitors' will enjoy it for many years to come!
You can also find out more about Peter Garside's work, raising awareness on how to appeal for NHS support when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, by visiting his website. Peter's story has helped many people access the help and support they deserve.
Find out more about Rowan at their Winter Warmer Event, Wednesday 6th December, 5pm-8pm. Come in out of the cold and join Rowan for their winter open evening. Visit the studios, see the students’ artwork and you might even find a few unique Christmas presents! Refreshments and music will be provided.