Gortin Woodland Sculpture

Client: Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

The Challenge

To encourage visitors of all ages to interact with nature within the Forest Park and particularly the younger generation through exploration and play within the forest environment.


The Role

  • In partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, secured funding to design, build and install the sculpture in Gortin Glen Forest Park
  • Worked with a specialist sculptor to create a carved sculpture composed entirely of Larch, Red Cedar and Oak with the centrepiece, a family of red deer, reflecting the importance of the Forest Park’s relationship with its much loved wildlife
  • The centrepiece surrounded by boardwalk paths and a bridge is wheelchair accessible
  • An imitation waterfall encourages climbing and access by children and the auditorium creates a meeting space which can be used by education groups, families or people just relaxing

This sculpture marks the first phase of exciting new recreation development plans to be introduced throughout the Park.


Project Partners

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council


Project Funders

NGO Challenge Fund (Forest Service Northern Ireland stream) administered by NI Environment Link.