BEAUMONT Park has a new resident.
And he’s proving very popular with visitors and park regulars.
The meerkat sculpture has been created from a dying ash tree that had to be felled for safety reasons.
The artwork was prompted by the fungal decay of an ash tree which needed to be removed.Kirklees Council’s forestry section was called in to do the work and staff member John Mason came up with the idea of making the tree into a sculpture.
He then suggested that it should be a meerkat.
Kirklees Forestry tree surgeon Graham Walton, was then contacted as he has worked on several such projects.
He has now finished the sculpture and it has been treated to preserve the wood.
Council staff now want visitors to the park to come up with a name for the new addition and the winning entry will be carved into the sculpture itself.
Mary Kenworthy, of the Friends of Beaumont Park, is delighted with the new attraction.
She said: "The ash tree had stood there for more than 20 years but it had become diseased and had to be taken down.
"It’s a great idea that the forestry team have come up with and the sculpture looks fantastic.
"The kids seem to love it but so, too, do all the visitors to the park.
"It is another great way of attracting visitors to Beaumont Park and providing features of interest.
"As far as we know it’s the only such carving in the park but who knows, there may be more in the future".
Entries suggesting a name for the meerkat should be sent to Maryke Woods at Streetscene, Flint Street, Fartown, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG, or emailed to Maryke.firstname.lastname@example.org by July 5.