Leicester

Beacon Hill: Sculptures depict park's history

Chainsaw sculpture
Image caption Mr Leadbeater said he hoped the sculptures would encourage people to visit the park

Six new sculptures have been unveiled in Leicestershire on a site once occupied by a Bronze Age fort.

Chainsaw sculptor Peter Leadbeater has created the works from damaged or diseased trees at Beacon Hill in Charnwood Forest.

He said the sculptures were inspired by the 335 acre (135 hectares) park's history, environment and wildlife.

The art work, which has taken a year to create, will now remain on permanent display at the park.

Mr Leadbeater said: "I like to think that the sculptures add another point of interest for people - it brings people out."

A senior ranger at the park, Mick Moffatt, said the themes for the sculptures had been chosen by volunteers and staff.

The designs include local trees, history, legends and wildlife, as well as two benches which depict the local flora and fauna.

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