Sculpture designed by schoolgirl is unveiled at Woburn Forest

There’s a new addition to the woodland of Woburn Forest this week, thanks to the imagination of one creative 13-year-old schoolgirl.


Eliza Galley, from Ampthill, won a design competition set by Center Parcs earlier in the year while attending Alameda Middle School.

The competition tasked pupils with designing a sculpture that represents Center Parcs’ ethos of quality family time and being close to nature. After a gruelling judging stage – involving 133 entries across KS2 and KS3 – Eliza’s design, called ‘The Family Tree’, was chosen. Woburn Forest General Manager, Wayne Matton says: “All the children’s designs were fantastic and we were so delighted to hear the teachers and parents also got excited about this opportunity. Eliza’s design really stood out to us, it celebrated family and nature, two things that are very close to our heart. I’m sure our guests will love seeing this fantastic piece of art at our Village!”

Creating the vision

Soon after, the successful design was then passed on to local Chainsaw Artist Ian Freemantle, who would embark on a three-month long mission to sculpt and perfect the inspirational idea.

This week, Eliza, her family and head teacher joined Ian and Wayne for the grand unveiling. Seeing her design, which is positioned near The Lake for guests to admire, turned a vision into a reality for Eliza. She says: “I’ve been so excited to see it. When I found out my design won, I’ve been thinking about it a lot wondering what it is like in real life. It’s amazing; exactly what I imagined when I drew the design!”

Bringing it to life

And for Ian, who started work on the handcrafted project in the autumn, it was great to see his hard work come to fruition. He says: “It’s overwhelming seeing the sculpture here at Woburn Forest after many months of planning. I’m so pleased for Eliza and proud of the result. It’s also great for my wife and young son to see what I’ve been working on!”

Visit Eliza and Ian’s Family Tree during your next break at Woburn Forest, situated by The Lake and Action Challenge.

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