A little bit of magic in wood sculpture

Our playground has a new piece of fairytale magic in the form of an Owl & the Pussycat wood sculpture.

Based on the trunk of cut-down tree, the sculpture features an owl, pussycat, moon, stars, candles, a large rig for a sail, as well as giant pot of honey. Installed into the curve at the base of the tree is a lovely new boat for children to sit in, enscribed with a line from the famous rhyme, We think that Edward Lear would be impressed.

The Cupressus tree had been a much loved play place and spot of summer shade for most of its sixty years. There was sadness when we realised the tree had died and had to be felled. Having been such a feature of the playground of The Paragon, we knew that we wanted to do something special, something that would complement the other wood carvings in our grounds.

Designed by Miss Hucks, created by chainsaw carver, Rob Beckinsale, and financed by our wonderful PTA; our thanks goes to all of them for making this possible. We hope that children enjoy this special place for many many years to come.

It was an absolute joy to work on this piece. I really enjoyed it. As the stumps were rotten, carved pieces, made of western red cedar, were installed. The boat is constructed of giant redwood, sourced from the Longleat estate. The wood is all FSC approved and has been treated to cope with the weather.

Rob Beckinsale, Chainsaw Carver & Wood Sculptor

Just wanted to drop a line to say how 'wow-ish' it was to see the new Owl and the Pussycat sculpture unveiled today! It really is wonderful- I truly believe it's some of these extra flourishes of personality that most capture the Paragon's unique and very precious heart. I'm sure it will become much photographed and much remembered by generations of Paragon pupils. I feel very lucky that my kids attend a school that, while prioritising academics, also realises that a creative, stimulating and beautiful environment is a thing to be invested in and treasured.

Rebecca, Paragon Mum