Tree design comes to life

A hand crafted wooden sculpture designed by a teenage school girl has been unveiled at Center Parcs.

Eliza Galley, 13, designed The Family Tree, which was then brought to life by Beds chainsaw artist Ian Freemantle.

Eliza Galley won a competition to design a sculpture at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest.

Eliza Galley won a competition to design a sculpture at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest.

The Ampthill teen, a former student of Alameda Middle School, won a design competition organised by holiday destination Center Parcs in partnership with the school earlier this year.

Eliza, who saw the finished sculpture for the first time this week, said: “I’ve been so excited to see it.

“Since I found out that my design had won, I’ve been wondering what it would look like in real life.

“It’s amazing exactly what I imagined when I drew the design.”

Eliza Galley won a competition to design a sculpture at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest. PNL-141119-111422001

Eliza Galley won a competition to design a sculpture at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest. PNL-141119-111422001

Schoolchildren were given the task of creating a sculpture that represents the Center Parcs ethos of quality family time and being close to nature.

The competition, which was open to Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students at the school, received 133 entries.

Eliza’s winning sculpture has been given pride of place next to the lake at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest.

Ian Freemantle, the chainsaw artist who created the sculpture, said: “It’s overwhelming to see the sculpture here at Woburn Forest after many months of planning.

“I’m so pleased for Eliza and proud of the sculpture.”

General manager at the Center Parcs village Wayne Matton said: “All the entries were fantastic and we were delighted to hear that the teachers and parents also got excited about this opportunity.

“Eliza’s design really stood out to us, it celebrated family and nature, two things that are very close to our heart.

“I’m sure our guests will love seeing this fantastic piece of art at our village.”

>> To watch Natalee Hazelwood’s exclusive video with Eliza visit our website www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/video