Tree carving in Bury St Edmunds street to celebrate historic figure

Sculptor John Williams works on the plane tree stump in Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds ANL-160527-110658001
Sculptor John Williams works on the plane tree stump in Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds ANL-160527-110658001
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When a beetle infested tree in a Bury St Edmunds street had to be felled, wood carver John Williams saw an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for the area.

For three weeks, the 75-year-old has been carving the 5ft stump of the tree, in Eastgate Street - with one side featuring Bury monk Jocelin de Brakelond and his horse on the other.

Concept image of the tree trunk carving ANL-160527-113434001

Concept image of the tree trunk carving ANL-160527-113434001

Jocelin was the author of a chronicle narrating the fortunes of the monstery of Bury Abbey between 1173 and 1202.

Mr Williams, who lives in nearby East Close, chose the historical figure after consulting with residents at Josselyn’s Court assisted living scheme, which was named after him.

He said: “My main reason for it was that I wanted a convivial sculpture so that the children coming down Eastgate Street could pat the horse.

“It’s also sustainable because it’s a piece of wood that will be recovered.

“The reaction from people as they pass by has been great.”

Mr Williams was a fine arts photographer and has been practising wood carving for the last three years.

He pursued the idea after approcahing Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, which is paying for some of his wood turning tools. The sculpture will take another six weeks to complete.