Situated in Denham Country Park, it is a highly popular landmark with dog walkers and other visitors from across Hillingdon and South Bucks, and was carved by artist Nick Garnett. He used wood from Black Park, allowing its natural shape to influence the final design, and the project was made possible thanks to a generous donation from local Denham resident, Glenys Price.
The vandals prized half of the intricately carved face away, knocked over two other free-standing carvings, and smashed an information sign. The first photo below shows the damaged face and beneath is how it looked before.
One of the directors of the Colne Valley Regional Park, Anthony Longden, said: “This beautifully executed and striking carving is much loved by visitors to Denham Country Park, and everyone was shocked to discover it had been attacked in such a mindless way a few weeks ago.
“We won’t let the vandals win, and are keen to get it repaired as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it is likely to cost around £700. We have launched an appeal for help to raise the money, and every donation, however small, will be very gratefully received."
Donations in cash can be made either at the Visitor Centre in Denham Country Park, or at https://localgiving.org/charity/colnevalleypark/