Fox carves out a woodland home.
Chainsaw artist Steve Iredale crafted the sculpture to welcome visitors to the Foxrush Farm Community Woodland at Dormanstown.
Children from Dormanstown Primary School watched the fox take shape as Steve worked on the timber for two-and-a-half days in the school grounds. The fox, which can be glimpsed from adjacent Kirkleatham Lane, is approximately 6ft high and 7ft long.
It needed to be moved in two pieces and was lowered into place with the help of a hydraulic lift. The sculpture idea came from the Dormanstown Ward Community Forum. The pounds 900 end product was funded from Redcar and Cleveland Council's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund allocation and the council's countryside section. Forum chairman Stuart Haines said: "Foxrush Farm Community Woodland now has the fox factor! We think he looks terrific."
Redcar and Cleveland Council's Mayor, Councillor Wendy Wall, accompanied by Steve Iredale and Dormanstown Primary pupils, unveiled the fox, which is carved in turkey oak.
Council Cabinet member with responsibilities for rural affairs, Councillor Mark Hannon, said: "The fox will be a welcome addition to a series of improvement works planned for the woodland over the new few years."
These include a newly-styled entrance incorporating the fox and new signs, surfaced footpaths, seating areas, hedge-laying and woodland management.
WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT: Redcar and Cleveland Council's Mayor, Cllr Wendy Wall, unveils a carved fox at Foxrush Farm Community Woodland watched by other guests Picture by PETER REIMANN