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Eye-catching hares are a real hit at Surfleet's Glen Park




The new willow hares at Surfleet's Glen Park, that were created by artist Alison Walling. (2080342)
The new willow hares at Surfleet's Glen Park, that were created by artist Alison Walling. (2080342)

You may have seen the stunning giant hares that have hopped into their new home at Surfleet’s Glen Park.

The four willow sculptures were created by artist Alison Walling and have created quite a stir on social media.

Measuring 7ft by 5ft, the sculptures were commissioned and paid for from money raised by site owners, Surfleet Play and Recreation Charity (SPARC) and are the first of new developments the committee is working on.

Alison, who runs ‘Lincoln Willow’, an arts, crafts and heritage company in Lincoln, spent many weeks, braving bitterly cold conditions, to create the hares.

She was supported by contractor Christopher Stock who helped with the build and installation of the sculptures.

The new willow hares at Surfleet's Glen Park, that were created by artist Alison Walling. (2080344)
The new willow hares at Surfleet's Glen Park, that were created by artist Alison Walling. (2080344)

Resident Gaynor Fiske volunteers at the park with a group of helpers in tribute to her mum Margaret Hodkinson, who loved the park.

She has adopted the sensory and memory garden at the park for her mum and was thrilled that the hares have been completed.

She said: “We have also planted over a thousand bulbs around the park and some kind people dropped more off at my house last week but I don’t know their names.”

Shoppers at Asda in Boston have been pledging green tokens towards helping resurface the play area at the park and recently raised £200 which Gaynor has donated to SPARC.

And Surfleet Parish Council has been invited to the park this week to look at the work that has been done so far.

Councillors will meet to discuss how the park owners and the council can work together going forward.

Chairman Glynn Waltham said: “The parish council has taken on the grass cutting contract for the park to help them.”

Gaynor said that she is awaiting a quote for the cost of resurfacing work for the play park and appealed to any local organisations who want to help keep the play area open with donations to get in touch.

She and her volunteers have been helping with weeding and painting at the park.

To help with fundraising or to volunteer, contact: zoe.myall@iliffepublishing.co.uk and we’ll pass your details on.



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