A crane has been used to lift a wood sculpture out of Wyndham Park in a bid to stop it from rotting away.
The apple sculpture –Isaac’s Apple – which was carved out of a horse chestnut tree in the sensory garden, has been taken away for the summer to dry out and be treated.
Nigel Sardeson, who sculpted the tree, has taken the sculpture back to his workshop where he will sand the varnish off to allow the wood to dry out naturally. Once dried he can test to see how sound the wood is. The wood will then be treated with preservative and a solution found for re-instating it in the Sensory Garden.
Last week the sculpture was cut away from its base and it was lifted on to the back of a truck with the help of tree care specialists Jayne and Paul Bavin.
A notice explaining the removal of the sculpture has been placed on site and thanks those who contributed money to pay for the removal and treatment of the sculpture.
More than £1,550 was raised for the work.
Mr Sardeson sculpted the tree more than five years ago. It became ocered in fungus, but Mr Sardeson says the wood seems to be hard and still sound.