Visitors to Bill Hill can now enjoy 12 stunning new wood carvings which depict people, animals and art from the Bronze Age period.
The new features can be found in monolithed trees - those where the top is removed and the trunk is left standing. They are a nod to the historic significance of Bill Hill, which contains a Bronze Age round barrow at its summit, which is an ancient form of burial place.
The carvings were created by Andrew Frost, a tree and wood sculptor who uses chainsaws to turn wood into art. They are part of a wider project by Bracknell Forest Council to protect and showcase this beech and oak woodland, which is a 5 minute walk from Bracknell town centre.
Money secured from development in the area has been used to provide new paths, increasing access throughout the site and helping to avoid damage to the ancient barrow. People can learn about the site’s heritage and biodiversity value via new interpretation and wildlife will benefit from new native trees, bird and bat boxes.
The project was delivered by the council’s parks and countryside service in consultation with Historic England, to ensure that any work carried out helped to preserve the round barrow, which is a Scheduled Monument that is protected by law.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said:
We are delighted to be able to provide these exciting new features at Bill Hill, which we hope will be experienced and enjoyed by everyone who visits there.
We are lucky to have access to so many fantastic green spaces in the borough and our teams work hard to ensure that their good quality is maintained.
I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to deliver these improvements including our parks and countryside team, local volunteers, Bracknell Town Council, community pay-back teams and contractors.
For more information, visit our Bill Hill Ancient Monument page.