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Art in the Forest 

The completion of a project to enhance the public’s appreciation of the Hanmer Heritage Forest will be celebrated at a special function on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Christchurch sculptor Andrew Lyons has created a handsome dog, a falcon, some pesky possums and other attractions to adorn the first section of the Heritage Forest Amble at the Herdman’s Road entrance to the 203ha forest.

The work was commissioned by the Hanmer Heritage Forest Trust, assisted by a grant from Pub Charity  and with the support of the forest’s stakeholders, Ngāi Tahu and Rayonier Matariki Forests. 

Andrew Lyons sculptured the pieces using a Redwood tree which had to be removed from outside the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.

“We’re delighted with what Andrew has created using the natural colours and grains from the tree to create wonderful pieces of art,” Hanmer Heritage Forest Trust President Pauline Bennett said.

They have been placed in the first section of the Hanmer Heritage Forest Amble, a popular 30-minute walk for families.

Feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly positive, Mrs Bennett said.

She thanked the Hanmer Springs businesses and her fellow volunteers on the Hanmer Heritage Forest Trust for their work in bringing the project to fruition.

The Hanmer Heritage Forest Trust is planning an official opening at 1pm on Sunday, November 18 (Canterbury Show weekend), to which the public are invited. It will be held at Herdsman’s Road, opposite the Scout Den (formerly DOC offices) on Jollies Pass Road.

Andrew Lyons will be attending.

 For more information, contact:

Clive Lind (clive@lind.net.nz or 0272467771)

Pauline Bennett (l.cbennett@xtra.co.nz)

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