Servicemen appear in Hughenden parkland

Bucks Free Press: Ed Elliott working on one of his sculptures Ed Elliott working on one of his sculptures

FIVE servicemen have appeared in parkland at Hughenden Manor this week, made out of wood from the estate.

Ed Elliott, 28, has been commissioned to make the sculptures, which he has been working on day and night for the past four weeks.

The Worcestershire based artist has lived at studios in Hughenden to create the special project, which will be in the parkland for the next four months.

Ed said: "The National Trust want more people in the parkland- it is not really explored and they are hoping the sculptures will encourage more people to do that."

Visitors who park in the car park next to the church will be able to see some of the figures which will then lead them onto more.

Ed specialises in figurative sculpture and has been working 12 to 15 hour days to get them done.

He modelled the sentinels on source material from Hughenden Manor, which was used as a secret intelligence base code-named Hillside during the Second World War.

The UK Air Ministry staff at the manor analysed aerial photography of Germany and created maps for bombing missions and it was not until 2005 the Trust discovered more about the manor's secret past.

Ed said: "This project gave me a way into the mystery of that."

The wooden servicemen are made from hornbeam, ash and deodara and were placed in the parkland on Tuesday.

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