THE Wolf’s Den play area at Erddig has new additions.
Two wolves have been carved out of a sweet chesnut tree that was blown over in high winds just 200 yards from where the wolves are now.
They are the work of tree carver Simon O’Rourke and are to be used as part of the Wolf’s Den play area, named after Hugh d’Avranches, who was known as the ‘Wolf’ because of his ruthless nature. He built the nearby Motte and Bailey castle in Big Wood.
It took Simon two days to carve the wolves.
He said: “They wanted two wolves so I thought one howling and one lying down would work well.
“The one lying down will be used as more of an area to sit. The howling wolf is a more impressive pose.”
The Wolf’s Den officially opened in March.
The play area spans nearly two acres of wild play space and is home to a myriad of wildlife that visitors to Erddig, young and old, can explore.
Bracken, brambles and nettles were cleared to make way for the den building, carved steps to climb, balancing beams, tree posts, bridges and a rope swing.
Erddig’s head of parks Saul Burton said: “All the play equipment has been created by staff and volunteers using resources in the wood. Even wood chippings from conservation work on lime trees has been used.
“We’ve tested it all so we know there’s something for everyone.”
Property manager Jamie Watson added: “Visitors to Erddig can let their imaginations run wild. They can travel back in time, explore secret walled gardens and now, in Wolf’s Den, unleash untold adventures.”
The Wolf's Den, forms part of the National Trust's ‘50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4’ campaign.