Gortin Glen Forest Park Animal Carvings

Gortin Glen Forest Park in Northern Ireland (managed by nidirect) was looking for an iconic wooden sculpture that would provide an impressive visitor welcome whilst representing the park. We teamed up with woodcarver, Luke Chapman, to help create this centrepiece.

Our wooden carvings at Gortin Glen forest park are one of two sites that we worked on in Northern Ireland at the same time – the other being Animal Wood at Castlewellan Forest Park, a children’s outdoor play area filled with animal carvings. Working in such beautiful parts of the world is always a pleasure and it was a delight to make a natural looking play area to fit in with the natural surroundings.


The Design and Construction

The theme for the carving was defined as “the forest and the things that live therein”. We designed a bespoke structure and several carvings that would be welcoming and impressive for a visitor to find. The design features a deer family and animal carvings, all of which are part of the local wildlife, demonstrating their behaviour in the wild. Surrounding the deer family are access ramps and steps to create an auditorium for visiting groups. Along with the sculptures, we carved a stream to flow under the deer family and etched animal tracks into the ramps to be identified by the parks visitors.

Below you can see the giant oak tree section that was turned into a deer family.


Your Project

Please take a look at our other outdoor wooden sculptures and carvings, to get some more inspiration for your own project. If you would like to discuss an idea, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and we can walk you through the process. We look forward to hearing from you.