On the trail of art work in the woods

At work on the art trail in Plessey Woods. Picture by Alison Dearden

At work on the art trail in Plessey Woods. Picture by Alison Dearden

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If you go down to the woods today ... you’ll see some fabulous artwork.

Young people from Leading Link in Bedlington have been working with professional artists to create the first 11 of 14 installations on a one-mile art trail at Plessey Woods Country Park.

As well as the main art installations, there are owls pointing the way around the trail with their wings, animals that have been carved by the young people and other surprises along the way, including the chance to get up close to real birds of prey.

Most of the installations, which are permanent and include Enchanted Hollow, Quarry Henge, Bog House Swamp, Mystical Avenue, OXO, Marra and his Bone, Cherokee Whee, Why Eye, Wood U Play and The Wise One, can be seen from the bridle paths for disabled access. 

County councillor Val Tyler and Kath Nisbet, civic head of Northumberland County Council, will officially open the art trail on Saturday at 1pm.

Activites have been organised to make it a day out for all the family. They include entertainment from local talent, outdoor activities with the Falcons rugby coaches, James Watling’s kickboxing, smoothie bikes and bungee running, beat the goalie, children’s rides, a BBQ and other refreshments, a bunny hunt which follows the art trail and an arty marquee.

Art activities include Make Your Mark in the Park where you can help to create a cobbled street on the meadow by painting a cobbled stone which will be placed permanently in Plessey Avenue.

Radio Northumberland will be there, operating live from the TyneIdols shuttle bus. 

Punk DJs New Wave Newman and Punky Paul will be on the bus and playing a selection of music.

Lantern making will take place at the launch event. Two further lantern-making sessions will be held on April 5 and 7, between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Lantern parades will be held over three evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm.

The whole project, a partnership between Leading Link and the county council, has been funded by Sita Trust to enable the young people to put their community project into action. Meanwhile, the Foyer Federation has been running a project management course to give them the added skill and recognition via certificates for all their hard work.