A LONG-standing Fenland business family is stumping up the cash to repair a vandalised tree sculpture.
Anne Else, of Darrel Else Furnishers, came forward after reading in last week’s Citizen about the beheaded badger sculpture in Wisbech Park.
Anne, wife of the late Darrel Else who died earlier this year, is willing to pay to have the sculpture either repaired or replaced.
Darran Else, one of Anne and Darrel’s three children, said: “My dad liked doing things for the community and the park is something that is there for everybody to use, a real community asset.
“My dad would have paid for the statue if he’d still been here, so we’re going to do this in his memory.”
Simon King, chairman of the Friends of the Park, was delighted to hear of the Else’s generosity.
He is currently waiting to speak with the tree sculptor, Tim Atkins, once the chainsaw artist has had a chance to look at the carving.
The badger’s head, which had been missing, was found on Thursday – Mr King believes the coverage in the Citizen was responsible for its return. It was discovered in bushes in the park by gardeners.
Mr King is unsure whether the head can be reattached; if it can’t, a new sculpture will need to be commissioned as it is not possible to turn the remainder of the sculpture into something else.
He is hoping to find out this week what can be done with the sculpture.