See Gruffalo sculptures in the deep, dark wood at Kielder

  • Can you find Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and Squirrel?

Colourful character sculptures from the much-loved Gruffalo book are being installed in Kielder Water and Forest Park.

As part of the ongoing relationship with Magic Light Pictures, Forestry Commission England is bringing the world-famous story to life.



From today, Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and Squirrel will join existing Gruffalo sculptures at the Northumberland venue.

Visitors will be able to seek out the characters from trails starting at Kielder Castle and set their imaginations alight on their own Gruffalo adventure.

Wood used to create the sculptures includes timber taken from the renowned Old Man of Kent, which was the country’s tallest tree, located at the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury Pinetum.

The Old Man had to be felled due to disease and wind damage and has now been given a new lease of life, taking shape as the favourite characters from Julia Donaldson’s popular book.

Sarah Bruce, from the Forestry Commission said: “The Gruffalo is a fantastic forest-themed family story which has been thoroughly enjoyed by our visitors.

“After the success of Gruffalo Spotters, it is great to be able to add another dimension to our Gruffalo story by installing these beautiful sculptures of the books’ characters which can be enjoyed for many years to come. We hope people have fun meeting them on their forest adventure.”

The sculptures have been created by master chainsaw carvers at Woodland Centre Ltd in West Sussex.