On Tuesday 18th November, a wooden sculpture designed by a former student of Alameda Middle School and created by local Chainsaw Artist Ian Freemantle was unveiled at the newest Center Parcs Village in Bedfordshire.
The sculpture called ‘The Family Tree’ is the brainchild of 13 year old Eliza Galley, from Ampthill, who won the design competition organised by Center Parcs earlier in the year.
Center Parcs and Ian approached the students of Alameda Middle School in April to ask them to help create a sculpture which represented Center Parcs’ ethos of quality family time and being close to nature. The sculpture has been given pride of place, next to the lake at Center Parcs Woburn Forest.
The competition, which was open to Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students at the school and started just before the new Village opened, received 133 entries in total. The winning design was chosen in August by Center Parcs with the assistance of Northamptonshire-based Ian, who was tasked with creating the masterpiece in October.
Seeing the finished sculpture for the first time, Eliza was delighted with the result. She said:
“I’ve been so excited to see it. Since I found out that my design had won, I’ve been wondering what it would look like in real life. It’s amazing; exactly what I imagined when I drew the design.”
Ian Freemantle, the chainsaw artist who created the sculpture, added:
“It’s overwhelming to see the sculpture here at Woburn Forest after many months of planning. I’m so pleased for Eliza and proud of the sculpture.”
Wayne Matton, General Manager at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, said:
“All the entries were fantastic and we were so delighted to hear that the teachers and parents also got excited about this opportunity. Eliza’s design really stood out to us, it celebrated family and nature, two things that are very close to our heart. I’m sure our guests will love seeing this fantastic piece of art at our Village!”
Notes to Editors
- Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
- As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
- Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
- The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
- This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
- Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
- Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row