When the old ash tree by the tennis courts sadly had to be felled in 2015, it left behind a large and rather unattractive stump. It was the brainwave of Liz and Trevor Hodgson to turn it into both an attractive art feature and a play adventure for children.

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Christened, somewhat mysteriously 'Toad in the Hole', Liz and Trevor successfully fundraised the £2600 needed to employ specialist chainsaw sculptor David Lucas to create the work. The completed feature was kept under wraps until the last minute. Liz and Trevor (below left) looked on with satisfaction as schoolgirl Maddie Pieri made short work of removing the cover to reveal the missing toad.

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Both the toad and the hole were an instant success, with a crowd of little ... and not so little ... people keen to try them out.

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The toad cupcakes that Liz baked specially for the occasion went down a treat too!

Mothers should beware though - if your walk to school each day takes you past the Toad in the Hole, the journey will now take a little longer!

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