The Paragon School in Bath has a new piece of fairytale magic in the form of an Owl & the Pussycat wood sculpture for the pupils to enjoy in their playground.

Based on the trunk of cut-down tree, the sculpture features an owl, pussycat, moon, stars, candles, a large rig for a sail, as well as giant pot of honey. Installed into the curve at the base of the tree is a lovely new boat for children to sit in, enscribed with a line from the famous rhyme.

The sculpture was formed from a Cupressus tree which had been a much loved play place and spot of summer shade for most of its 60 years. There was sadness when it was realised that the tree had died and had to be felled. Having been such a feature of the playground of The Paragon, the school planned something special that would complement the other wood carvings in our grounds.

Designed by Art teacher, Miss Hucks, the sculpture was created by chainsaw carver, Rob Beckinsale, and financed by the Paragon’s PTA – our thanks goes to all of them for making this possible.