Story Competition Poster
Use your imagination to create a story about Rushmere and the wildlife that live there
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work in progress
Ian Freemantle, chainsaw artist, with one of the sculptures to be installed in Rushmere
Giant chair
The Giant Chair before carving
Giant Chair in workshop
Giant chair being carved in the workshop

The Greensand Trust is running a short story competition for all you budding writers!

A winner will be selected from each category and awarded a book voucher prize!

The Competition

Write the story of Rushmere centered on the sculptures (to be installed by Easter 2012) in the family trail and the natural heritage of Rushmere Country Park.

Entry categories defined by age group and are themed as follows

5-8 years: A walk in the woods at Rushmere
8 12 years: Exploring the woods at Rushmere
12-16 years: Wild woods at Rushmere Country Park
16+: A story of Rushmere

Entries (with an entry form) can be handed into your local Central Bedfordshire Library. Click here to find out what your library can offer you.

To see the Story Competition flyer click here.

For further information about the competition and the rules of entry click here.

Download an entry form here.


The Greensand Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council wanted to create a short walking trail for visitors of all ages to enjoy around Rushmere Country Park and the community expressed support for more information and interpretation in Rushmere, through the consultation process in 2011 on the Rushmere Interim Framework.

We thought about the features of Rushmere we would like to introduce to visitors to Rushmere and hired two experienced chainsaw artists (Ian Freemantle and Peter Leadbeater) to help us create the pieces. The chainsaw artists are busy creating the pieces to be installed in the Park; a giant story chair; curious doors in trees; a giant spider; a nesting heron to celebrate these annual visiting birds; a butterfly life cycle and leaf-shaped seats.

If you would like to learn more about either of the artists, click on their name:
Ian Freemantle or visit Ian's Facebook page
Peter Leadbeater

We hope that you will be inspired by Rushmere Country Park and the sculptures to be installed by Easter 2012.