Chainsaw artist starts work on park magic trail

Chainsaw Artist Mike Burgess starts on the first wooden characters for the launch of the Magical Trail at Victoria Park in Nelson.
Chainsaw Artist Mike Burgess starts on the first wooden characters for the launch of the Magical Trail at Victoria Park in Nelson.

Families were invited to Nelson’s Victoria Park in half term to discover more about a magical trail – and bewitching visitors coming soon to the park!

Chainsaw artist Mike Burgess gave a demonstration as he created the first of the trail’s spellbinding characters.

Chainsaw Artist Mike Burgess starts on the first wooden characters for the launch of the Magical Trail at Victoria Park in Nelson.

Chainsaw Artist Mike Burgess starts on the first wooden characters for the launch of the Magical Trail at Victoria Park in Nelson.

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

It took them on a one-mile walk around the park, with activities along the way.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, who represents parks in Pendle, said: “We were really excited about our plans for the witch-inspired trail.

“Mike Burgess’s carving demo during the half term holiday gave them a little taster of what’s to come, and there were activities to get involved in, too.”

We were really excited about our plans for the witch-inspired trail

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed

The chainsaw carving demonstration took place in the area beside the park’s pavilion, just off the Carr Road car park.

And the pavilion itself was open for snacks and drinks.

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.

The park’s magical trail will be launched in early May.