Sculpture by the Lakes is one of the many sculpture parks across the UK that has had to close its ‘garden gates’ until further notice during the outbreak of the coronavirus.
However the owners, international sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife and Head Gardener Monique Gudgeon have started a series of virtual tours around the park, all available to view for free on You Tube.
In each short video Simon takes the viewer around a section of the park and discusses in detail the history in the creation of that area, the sculptures, the wildlife and with some help from Monique the flora and fauna. There are also a few appearances of their six dogs who roam the park and even if not seen they can , in a few instances, be heard. So far there are three tours and more in the making and soon to be released.
Simon Gudgeon said: “This is a very strange time for many of us, usually our sculpture park would be full with people enjoying this wonderful weather, the delights of spring and soaking in the peacefulness and tranquillity of our sculpture park, Sculpture by the Lakes. Over the past few weeks I have been uploading photos onto our Facebook page and people began to ask for videos and so earlier this week I began some short virtual tours around the park and the response has been phenomenal. I hope it offers a bit of respite from lockdown, for those who are unable to get out into nature at the moment, for those who have visited the park and for those who have yet to visit.”
Sculpture by the Lakes is also offering a shopping food service, they are supplying many essential items and oven ready meals. For full details please visit the website www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk