The Nidderdale Agricultural Society is looking forward to turning the unfortunate demise of one of it’s trees in to a focal point for the show field. One of the show grounds oldest trees a 90ft oak aged in excess of 270 years, had succumb to disease and needed to be felled. So tree surgeon David Blakey suggested to committee members the idea of contacting a local Yorkshire sculptor and having the tree made in to a lasting feature that could be enjoyed by all for years to come.
Rose Badger is a wood sculptor and designer based in the Vale of York. She has been working for the last 10 years drawing inspiration for her sculptures from her love of nature and wildlife. Rose’s carvings range from native wildlife such as badgers and hawks through to wild animals from around the world and abstract forms including totem poles. Rose has just also completed work on new oak carved entrance posts at the Stud Fold Visitor Centre at How Stean in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.
Rose began work on the new carving for Nidderdale Show back in June when the tree was felled and delivered to her yard, however it was too big to make it through the entrance so had to be placed in a nearby field for Rose to work on. Measuring in at a huge 26.5ft circumference and weighing over 7 tons, this is the biggest carving Rose has ever worked on. She also said it has been raising the interest of local farmers who over the past few weeks have been harvesting and passing by the field in their tractors, watching the sculpture unfold and trying to guess what it will be. What started out as an enormous tree trunk has now been transformed in to a seating area comprising of a cow, pig and sheep and the carving is on target to be finished and unveiled at this years Nidderdale Show on Monday 19th September.