Tug the Wood Ant - Pinecliff Gardens, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Dragontree
N 50° 42.292 W 001° 54.892
30U E 576624 N 5617567
Quick Description: On the top of Canford Cliffs is Tug the Wood Ant.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/25/2011 12:34:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMDCKW
Tug the Wood Ant has an information board with him describing his living relatives.
He forms part of an educational area where a Green Tiger Beetle and Sand Lizard 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: visit link
'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.
Wood ants are present in the woodland, and now they are represented along the trail. Wood ants create impressive homes and local construction company, Quantum Homes, made a generous contribution to this sculpture.
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'