Grantham’s iconic apple sculpture has been put back in the sensory garden in Wyndham Park after it was treated for rot over the summer.
Mayor of Grantham Linda Wootten unveiled the restored wood sculpture, called Isaac’s Apple, on Friday at a special ceremony in the park.
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 there was perhaps more damage 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.
The sculpture has been placed on a plinth about a foot high in order for the original height to be maintained after the lower part of the wrist was removed.
At the ceremony attended by members of Wyndham Park Forum, South Kesteven District Council and members of local Grantham history groups, Coun Wootten said: “The refurbished apple looks wonderful and my congratulations go to Nigel, Jayne and Paul for their work. It is a focal point within Wyndham Park and it’s good to have it back for all to enjoy.”
Information about the Sensory Garden was also provided in a display at the event by Wyndham Park Forum secretary Elizabeth Bowskill.
She said: “There is no doubt that something has been missing from the park in the last few months and the apple looks lovely from the road as you pass it. A huge thank you to Nigel for taking the time and effort to retrieve his artwork and save it.
“Thank you to Jayne and Paul Bavin who donated time and equipment to do the heavy lifting and a special thanks to those who helped us raise the money to complete the project.”