The sculpture of the Apple in the Hand – officially called Isaac’s Apple - is due to return to its place in the Sensory Garden in Wyndham Park soon.
As part of the SOS Sculpture Campaign, the sculpture was taken away by Nigel Sardeson, who carved it in May 2010, because there was fungal growth on it which was a sign that more damage was perhaps being done on the inside.
Helped by tree surgeons Jayne and Paul Bavin, the hand was removed in February and has been dried out and treated to prevent further decay.
It is now ready to be returned to the Sensory Garden, but because the lower part of the wrist was removed and the tree stump has been ground out by South Kesteven District Council, the sculpture will be placed on a plinth about a foot high in order for the original height to be maintained.
Elizabeth Bowskill, secretary of Wyndham Park Forum, said: “While we do not have a precise date for this work to be carried out there will be about a week between the installation of the plinth and the reinstatement of the sculpture.
“Once that has happened the Wyndham Park Forum would like to invite those who kindly sponsored this project and anyone else who would like to attend, to join in a small unveiling of the restored sculpture. The date and time will be announced on as many social media platforms as possible but it is anticipated (weather permitting) that this should be within the next few weeks.”
The bench seat around the sculpture was also removed and it was decided it was not worth restoring.
A new bench will not be installed straight away, but options to replace it will be considered once costs have been looked at.