Radwell Meadows home to Wind in the Willows characters

PUBLISHED: 10:47 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:48 04 March 2019

Joseph Ward, two with the Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

Joseph Ward, two with the Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A new Wind in the Willows-themed installation has been put in place in Radwell Meadows on the Garden City Greenway.

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

The display features favourite characters from the children’s story – including Ratty, Mr Toad, Badger and Mole – all built from willow and other natural materials.

The pieces for the installation were created by Sylvan Skills, who is based in England’s north east and specialists in willow and greenwood art pieces for community-based projects and art exhibitions.

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

The installation also includes other key features from the novel, including Ratty’s boat and Mr Toad’s car, both large enough for visitors to be able to sit inside.

Environment manager for the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation Elizabeth Towler said: “We wanted to create something special on the Greenway and give walkers, cyclists and other visitors to the Radwell Meadows something quite unique to enjoy on their visit.

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We’re very happy with how the project worked out and hope that guests enjoy the new additions as much as we do.”

The works were not only designed to be made from natural materials, but also to be durable and permanent.

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Foundation’s landscaping team will be looking after the sculptures and ensuring they continue to look great in all seasons.

To find out more about the Garden City Greenway, pick up a copy of the Greenway map from our Tourist Information Centre on Station Road in Letchworth, or visit www.greenway.org.uk.

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Wind in the Willows themed installation at the Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Garden City Greenway, Radwell Meadows. Picture: DANNY LOO

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