Chainsaw sculpture growing attraction at 'woodland paradise'

A CHAINSAW sculpture by Moffat artist Peter Bowsher has become a star among many attractions at the Royal Botanic Garden at Dawyck, Stobo, near Peebles.

The woodland estate, featuring trees from around the globe now showing vivid autumn colours, has been toured by Scottish Secretary and local MP David Mundell.

His guide for the day was garden supervisor Thomas Gifford, who explained that the carved beech figure of the native American was proving a must-see and well photographed attraction since being completed by Peter several years ago.

Mr Mundell, who is also based at Moffat, said: "This was my first visit to Dawyck and will certainly not be my last. The park and paths are looking absolutely splendid with the trees at their autumn best. 

"Peter's excellent sculpture blends in perfectly and I'm not surprised it is proving so popular with visitors, especially photographers, in this woodland paradise."

Mr Mundell viewed the remarkable collection of trees, some centuries old, which are added to with new specimens every year.

There is also a shop, information centre, cafe and car park serving the gardens, which attract around 35,000 people annually.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh team at Dawyck, like colleagues at Logan in Dumfries and Galloway, are also involved in research and biodiversity work in more than 35 countries.