A plea has been made to raise £1,550 and provide a forklift truck to help save an iconic sculpture for the town.
As reported last year, the Isaac’s Apple sculpture in the sensory garden in Wyndham Park is showing signs of rot and is covered in fungus.
The man who carved the sculpture out of an old horse chestnut tree says the sculpture urgently needs to be dried out and treated before it is beyond saving.
Nigel Sardeson made the sculpture five years ago from a tree which was diseased but not decayed. He sculpted the apple separately and it was later placed in the hand.
To save the sculpture, it will be cut along its base and removed, but heavy lifting equipment will be needed to load it on to a truck and take it away.
Mr Sardeson said he hoped to move the sculpture in February. He said: “I will remove it with the help of a team of volunteers or a forklift truck. I will need to take it away for a few months. There is an unknown element because we will not know what it is like until we cut it off and look inside. It is not the most durable of species like an oak but the wood still seems to be hard and it seems to be sound.”
Wyndham Park Forum says it needs £1,550 to pay for the work, which it is hoped will take place over the summer and during which it will be treated with preservative.
If anybody can help with donations of money or provide lifting equipment such as a forklift truck, they should contact Elizabeth Bowskill, park forum secretary, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Sardeson’s sculpture work can be seen on his website at www.sardesonsculpture.co.uk