We went for a walk round this attraction today, and I have to say it was nice to see it busy on November 11th.
Rozelle Estate covers an area of 37 hectares in South Ayrshire, which has a wealth of plants and wildlife.
First open to the public in 1968 for cultural and recreational uses, the grounds of the Rozelle Estate combines mature woodland, rhododendron walks, parkland and ornamental ponds, to produce a rich and varied landscape for all visitors.
There has been a lot of clearing going on in the park over this year, and I love what they have done with one part they have cleared.
The sculptures were created by professional chainsaw carvers Iain Chalmers, Andy Maclachlan, Peter Bowsher and Craig Steele
This is believed to be the only woodland of this kind in Scotland.
These statues are all cut from trees, most of them single piece full sized models, very cleverly cut from trees that were being naturally felled as part of a rolling clearance program, and the impact is quite moving.
So we went for a walk round today to have a look. The first statue you see is a soldier kneeling over a dead friend.
|added hubby so you get a height perspective|
|loved the detail|
|World War II remembrance bench|
I love the way a lot of the area has been left wild and desolate and the clearing has not been fully cleared, it adds to the ambience. There are paths laid round the area linking up the statues and benches, but I would recommend wellies as it was quite boggy.
|a post with helmet, bugle and gas mask|
|war graves with a dove|
|a machine gunner|
|on top of a mound|
|a German soldier with his binoculars|
|a large poppy|
|me sharing on instagram|
|there are a lot of poppies along the route|
|a soldier reading his mail.|
|hubby left the Scotsman his poppy|
|just love all the detail|
|The Englishman borrowed the poppy|
|plenty of detail adds to the experience|
|The English man and Scots man taken from the German|
|loved the track marks|
Was quite humbling to be there especially on November 11th.
South Ayrshire Council tell us here that There are also plans to develop the area in future years to incorporate features, images, and armed forces personnel from other conflicts such as World War 2, the Korean War, the Falklands War, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan conflict.
We did see various trees left up round the trail that will be used for this.
There is a few trenches in the area and it might be quite nice to see one of these actually made into a WWI trench with its edges shored up.
We will need to go back a few times a year to see how it is getting on.