High Weald

bordehillspiderA dramatic collection of creature and plant artworks made from recycled metal were unveiled at Borde Hill, one of the High Weald's garden attractions, at the end of June. The sculptures will adorn the historic venue until 11 September.

The giant contemporary and traditional steel and copper creations feature fauna and flora fashioned from recycled parts and scrap metal. They include: a dramatic 2m diameter wolf spider lurking at the bottom of Long Dell; a chameleon  fashioned from recycled chainsaw blades and motorcycle gear chains which is mounted on a pedestal positioned on the South Lawn; a stag beetle; hermit crab; and butterflies. The exhibition also includes vibrantly painted herbaceous plants, such as red hot pokers, alliums and other border varieties which are dotted around the Rose Garden and the Italian Garden.

Constructed by Brighton-based blacksmiths, Anvil Ironworks, the works bring both drama and surprise to the usually restful settings of panoramic parkland, magical woods and the formal garden of this historic estate. The exhibition coincides with Borde Hill's exciting Summer Fun season, which runs from Monday 1 August to Friday 26 August and features a host of events to entertain kids during the holiday break.