‘Witch trail’ created in Nelson park

Mike Burgess Chainsaw Artist
Mike Burgess Chainsaw Artist

Families are invited to Nelson’s Victoria Park next week to discover more about a magical trail and bewitching visitors coming to the park.

On Wednesday afternoon, chainsaw artist Mike Burgess will be giving a demonstration as he creates the first of the trail’s spellbinding characters.

Inspired by the popular Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler story “Room On The Broom”, the trail is sure to be popular with families.

It will take them on a one-mile walk around the Nelson park, with lots of different activities along the way.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, who represents parks in Pendle, said: “We’re really excited about our plans for the witch-inspired trail and we just know local families are going to want to come and see it for themselves.

“Mike Burgess’ carving demo during the half-term holiday will give them a little taster of what’s to come, and there’ll be activities to get involved in too. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained while they’re off school, this promises to be good fun.”

Between 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday, the chainsaw carving demonstration will take place in the area beside the park’s pavilion, just off the Carr Road car park. And the pavilion itself will be open for snacks and drinks.

Lee Johnson, Pendle Council’s head park-keeper, said: “Drawing up plans for our trail inspired by the ‘Room On The Broom’ story has been a lot of fun. We’re hoping to have everything in place to launch in the Easter school holidays – the perfect time to get out and about in the great outdoors with the family.”

Victoria Park’s witchy trail is being funded through Up and Active, a new health improvement programme to help Pendle people improve their activity levels.

Visit www.upandactive.co.uk to find out more about 
the programme.