Dying trees in Sheffield have been given a new lease of life as works of art.
Sculptor Jason Thomson has transformed Japanese maples in Wincobank for the Brendan Ingle Foundation.
In honour of St Thomas’ boxing club nearby, Jason worked with young sporting stars on the concept of putting woodland animals in boxing poses.
He then set about carving foxes, badgers, wolves and weasels mid-action onto the trunks of trees which had been identified for removal in Newman Road.
Animals were chosen to represent different boxing weights and connection with the local ancient woodlands of Woolley Wood and Wincobank Hill.
Brendan said: “I am absolutely delighted with Jason’s carvings. Projects like this create local interest and pride in where people live.
“We have children from all backgrounds coming into the club. I can use Jason’s carvings to engage them in talking about our environment and what we have locally. A lot of people don’t realise that Wincobank has wonderful ancient woodlands with diverse wildlife.”
Jason said: “I’ve really enjoyed carving the animals, it has been a great project. People in Wincobank have been so friendly.”
Coun Peter Rippon said: “It encapsulates Brendan’s philosophy which is that art, sport and music bring people together. His goal is to turn Wincobank into an urban art gallery where the art works are visible for all. I can’t wait to see how he gets on with that.”