Impressive Learmount Sculpture Trail unveiled

Mayor Brenda Stevenson has unveiled an impressive new Sculpture Trail at Learmount Forest in Park, Co. Derry.

The trail features four timber sculptures by renowned Derry artist Kieran O’Doherty.

The new trail was put in place by Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership with funding from ‘Culture for All’ Big Lottery Fund and Derry City Council.

Caroline Lynch, from Learmount Community Development Group, facilitated workshops at which children put their ideas to the sculptor.

She said: “Much of the wildlife in the pieces come from what the children identify with and the entrance piece is open to interpretation but we like to think of it as the Spirit of the Forest.”

Jim McColgan, Chairperson of RAPID Ltd, is encouraging people from outside the area to visit the park.

“Access into Learmount Forest was recently improved by Derry City Council with entrance, path improvements and interpretation panels as well as a newly expanded playground,” he said.

“Now, with the added attraction of the sculpture trail, this should be top of the list for places to visit for families from both the rural and city areas.”

Learmount Forest can be accessed from Park village at Learmount Community Centre.

It is a Forest Service property with a path network managed by Derry City Council.