Stunning benches complete garden

James Coils pictured with one of the carved benches at Seaton Carew park.
James Coils pictured with one of the carved benches at Seaton Carew park.

TWO stunning carved benches have provided the finishing touches to a park’s sensory garden.

The Friends of Seaton Park took delivery of the chainsaw-carved oak seating which have been made by artist Tommy Craggs.

The benches, which feature local wildlife including seals, complete the sensory garden which was officially opened last summer.

James Coils, chairman of the Friends of Seaton Park group, said: “Debra Jefferson from Hartlepool council parks and countryside team suggested them to begin with and organised everything.

“They liaised with Tommy to order them and have them made up.

“They have been financed with through the last few thousand pounds from the fund for the sensory garden.

“I think they are absolutely amazing and finish the garden off perfectly and give it that extra dimension.

“Not only do they give people somewhere to sit but they are something really satisfying to look at.

“They complement the garden and make it look that bit more complete.

“We’re very proud of them.”

The garden is full of particularly sweet smelling flowers and different fruit bushes.

The friends worked closely with Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group and the council parks department to bring the project to fruition.
Artist Tommy has created scores of intricately carved wooden sculptures.

He said of his work: “I see the trees come back to life in my artistic struggle working against the grain, with all of the beauty of the wood showing through.”