The White Witch joins Aslan and Lucy at magical Surrey Narnia trail
The infamous ‘White Witch’ has joined Aslan the lion, Lucy Pevensey and the iconic wardrobe at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s magical Narnia nature trail at Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs Local Nature Reserve, Surrey. The White Witch is the imposing new addition to the trail, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, which brings to life popular characters from the children’s classic tale ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Visitors can also come face to face with the majestic Aslan the lion, spot Lucy Pevensey waiting by the lamppost and even walk through the wardrobe ‘entrance to Narnia’, complete with hanging coats.
The enchanting figures have been carved from standing deadwood by talented chainsaw sculptor Ella Fielding of The Tree Pirates, making use of the site’s existing natural resources. Carved way-marker posts of native plants and animals, from which children can take rubbings, mark out the route.
The trail takes about half an hour to complete and is largely pushchair friendly – but there are some gravel paths and steep inclines.
Installed by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Greenspaces team with permission from The CS Lewis Company Ltd, the trail first opened earlier this summer with the promise of more statues as funding became available. Its installation has marked Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs’ designation a Local Nature Reserve – the first in the borough for 15 years – to afford greater protection to its Ancient Woodland and rare chalk grassland habitats which are in significant decline nationally.
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