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Familiar Face of Ferry Meadows Returns

After more than a year, the most recognisable feature of Ferry Meadows is to be reinstated at the entrance to the park later this month.


The sculpture has been specially treated to preserve it and, when reinstated, will not be near to any moisture from the ground, therefore ensuring that it presides over Ferry Meadows for many years to come.

Teresa Wood, Visitor Services Manager, said "It's great that we are able to reinstate this iconic piece of art to its former position at the entrance to Ferry Meadows. Many visitors have missed the sculpture and the Trust has received numerous enquiries about when it will be reinstated."

As the Sentinel was created from a standing dead tree it was always known that the sculpture would have a limited lifespan. The sculpture was taken down on safety grounds in Summer 2011 whilst specialist advice was sought on how best to preserve it from further decay.

Commissioned by Nene Park Trust in 2002, the Sentinel sculpture was created by artist Jason Thomson from the remains of a large elm tree killed by Dutch Elm disease. The design reflects the influence of human settlement that has shaped and changed the landscape of Ferry Meadows over 3,000 years. It includes images of a Roman solider, the trucks used to extract gravel from the lakes in the 1970s as well as the wildlife found in the park with the most notable being the Kingfisher at the very top of the piece.

The Sentinel