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img_8643A new arts trail is being created at Pan Country Park; the ‘Pollen Trail’ is funded by Section 106 monies made available as part of the planning conditions for Pan/Bluebell Meadows development. 

The trail includes a series of carved wooden benches, which have already been installed and feature butterflies, dormice and the bullhead fish.  The bullhead fish can be found within the Pan streams and only a few other locations on the Isle of Wight.  The benches were carved by local chainsaw artist Paul Sivell from ‘The Carved Tree’.

In addition to the benches, a series of pollen sculptures (currently under construction) are due to be placed on the trail starting in October.  Alongside these will be information boards, featuring maps and information on pollen and the wildlife it supports.

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Councillor Julia Baker-Smith, executive member for Planning, said:

“This arts trail really seeks to reflect the natural habitat within which it sits.  The sculptures that will be included are truly beautiful and engaging; a lovely reflection of the natural environment within the country park.  I hope that it will be very welcome asset to Newport, for residents and visitors alike.”

The Pollen Trail will be formally opened later this year.

Pan Country Park is managed by Gift to Nature on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council.

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