Sunny the Sand Lizard and Beauty the Green Tiger Beetle - Pinecliff Gardens, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Dragontree
N 50° 42.285 W 001° 54.864
30U E 576657 N 5617554
Quick Description: On the top of Canford Cliffs are Sunny the Sand Lizard and Beauty the Green Tiger Beetle.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/25/2011 12:17:03 PM
Waymark Code: WMDCKQ
These two wooden carvings lie side by side and have information boards with them describing their living relatives.
They form part of an educational area where an ant can also be seen. One of the schools involved with the project is the Victoria Education Centre, which works with disabled children. Volunteers from here and from Ashdown helped to build the designs together with Carter, Parkstone, Grammar, Corfe Hills and St Edwards schools. The blocked paving was laid to represent reptilian strips and they form a path through the area. Each school built 20m of the path as a challenge.
Keyline Builders' Merchants donated all of the paving blocks which amount to over 10,000 in total. The children were able to learn and use new skills whilst building the project. The path now enables everyone to use it as it is wheelchair friendly.
The website details the unveiling of these carvings:
'On Thursday 7th May 2009, Leisure Services unveiled a new wildlife play sculpture trail with the help of pupils from Lilliput First School who named each of them and also planted woodland flowers in the area, including bluebells and daffodils.
The life-like robust structures are carved in wood with smooth surfaces, and include a giant green tiger beetle and a 16 foot long sand lizard.
Funding: Planning Obligations (£35,000 Canford Cliffs & £25,000 Penn Hill Wards) plus local sponsorship & donation
Wildlife sculptures by Andrew Frost
Quarry tile and sea mural artwork by Maria Burns
Lead Officer David Price'