Pupils in Bury St Edmunds are working on a sculpture for the country’s first permanent adventure trail dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon warrior king Beowulf.
Around 16 schools from the Bury Schools Partnership will help create a wooden boat for the first stage of The Beowulf and Grendel Adventure Trail at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park.
The trail, which is a two-year project by St Edmundsbury Borough Council heritage service, will involve the creation of six sculptures to be placed along a 1km route.
On Tuesday, Cllr Julia Wakelam, St Edmundsbury’s deputy mayor, joined pupils at King Edward VI School to meet pupils working on the project with sculptor and installation artist Andy Manning.
She said: “The Beowulf and Grendel Adventure Trail is an exceptional project which the heritage service has been preparing for the past year. We are pleased to announce it is now underway with the help of the Bury Schools Partnership.”
Kate Brown , head of visual art at King Edward VI, said students will also make their own giant Anglo-Saxon boat for a procession in Spring to mark the unveiling of the first sculpture as well as hundreds of mini-warrior boats to be sailed down the River Lark at the event.
The other sculptures will be developed within the community and include Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s mother’s lair and the dragon. The trail will have interactive learning points for riddles, runes, place names and food which featured in Anglo-Saxon life.