The bluebells will be out again soon in Linford Wood. They can be spectacular. But the woods are always worth a visit for the sculptures, the wood carvings of bird, man and beast to be found mainly on the cleared wide and invariably muddy path across the central area, running at right angles to the horse track. They are the work of local artist Jack Stephenson (http://www.theparkstrust.com/downloads/art-trail.pdf). They’re not signposted; they find you.
I’m not too sure about this guy.
There are others. They weather; a few have already gone, fallen, rotted away. The old man is second generation. The trees on their own aren’t bad either. We saw a crowd of redwings this January and it’s usually a good place to see a jay or two. All woods should be secretly adorned like this.
Just off the path coming from the car park by the petrol station and the mobile phone mast, a veritable menagerie lives in this thigh high trunk, fronted by a grinning Cheshire cat. As you walk around it you just keep spotting more.