A new arts trail is being created at Pan Country Park; the ‘Pollen Trail’ is funded by cash made available as part of the planning conditions for the new houses built at Pan/Bluebell Meadows near Newport. Pan Country Park is managed by Gift to Nature on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council.
The trail features carved wooden benches with a wildlife theme, including butterflies, dormice and the bullhead fish. The bullhead fish can be found within the Pan streams and only a few other locations on the Isle of Wight. The benches were carved by local chainsaw artist Paul Sivell of ‘The Carved Tree’.
In addition to the benches, a series of pollen sculptures by Ecclestone George (currently under construction) are due to be placed on the trail starting in October. Alongside these will be information boards, featuring maps and information on pollen and the wildlife it supports.
Councillor Julia Baker-Smith of the Isle of Wight Council said: “This arts trail really seeks to reflect the natural habitat within which it sits. The sculptures that will be included are truly beautiful and engaging; a lovely reflection of the natural environment within the country park. I hope that it will be a very welcome asset to Newport, for residents and visitors alike.”
The Pollen Trail will be formally opened later this year.