New sculpture at Thursley Common’s The Dragonfly Nature Trail

Dragonfly by Lucy Quinnell

Dragonfly by Lucy Quinnell - Credit: Archant

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The new Dragonfly Nature Trail at Thursley Common features a stunning centre-piece, a dragonfly sculpture designed and created by Lucy Quinnell and Adam Boydell from the Fire and Iron Gallery, in Leatherhead.

“The sculpture brings together two passions of ours, art and ecology,” says Lucy. “Almost 100% of the sculpture is recycled, and is made from motor parts, a lamp post, ladles and saucepan handle with a stainless steel ‘sky’ taken from an RHS gold-winning show garden.”

The 1.2 x 1.6 metre sculpture marks the culmination of a project involving Natural England, Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty and Scottish and Southern Networks, which has had 11 pylons removed from Thursley Common and 33,000 volt power-lines replaced by underground circuits.

The project has helped restore Surrey’s historic heathland with its acid mire and wet heath that supports wildlife, including 26 species of dragonflies and damselflies, some of which are specialised species.

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