Hand carved benches to be installed by the South Devon Link Road project team

16th December, 2014
A set of six hand-carved benches are to be located at strategic points parallel to the route of the new South Devon Link Road, it has been announced.

When the project began a number of trees along the route had to be removed before construction could begin.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with the construction company Galliford Try, contacted local schools and residents to get ideas on how to make best use of the larger pieces of timber recovered.

The result is the creation of six hand-carved benches carved by local artist Mic Chambers, which will be placed in the communities along the route of the South Devon Link Road. The exact locations are being confirmed and the benches will be installed before the end of the project.

Mic, well known for the ‘Big Tree’ sculpture in Paignton, has also created a selection of large crosscut slices, which will be distributed to schools in the area for use as an educational tool.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “This is a fantastic way of putting the wood to best use, ensuring a legacy for the community for generations to come.”

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay said: “These benches will be a real asset to the area.  Lots of ideas were sent to us about how to best use the timber. This one was chosen because it allows the trees to be used and enjoyed by people throughout the area.”

Chris Hastings, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: “Throughout the duration of the project we have adopted a sustainable ethos within a minimal waste and low carbon policy. It’s fantastic that we can recycle this timber for the benefit of the local community.”