The money needed to save a well-known tree sculpture in Grantham has been raised so that it can be treated to stop it rotting away.
Wyndham Park Forum asked for help in raising £1,550 to pay for the removal of the Isaac’s Apple sculpture in the sensory garden because it is covered in fungus and rotting away.
Elizabeth Bowskill, secretary of the forum, confirmed the sculpture will be moved by the end of the month so that it can be treated and dried out over the summer before being put back. She said that the fund-raising target had been met thanks to some generous anonymous donations.
Lifting equipment will be provided by Paul Bavin tree care specialists, based in Grantham.
Nigel Sardeson, who made the sculpture five years ago out of an old chestnut tree, will treat it. He said: “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.”