Commemorative Bench

Published on Friday, December 18th, 2020

Many years before he became a children’s author, Dick was a farmer.

Between 1948 and 1961, the King-Smith family lived at Woodlands Farm, in some beautiful countryside near to the boundary of Westerleigh and Frampton Cotterell parishes in South Gloucestershire. It was here, caring for his many animals, that Dick gained lots of inspiration for the stories he would later come to write.

We, the King-Smith family, are very touched and delighted that the people of Westerleigh and Frampton Cotterell parishes commissioned this beautiful bench to commemorate Dick’s life, stories and characters.

The bench has been beautifully carved by the hugely talented Andy O’Neill of Wildwood Carving, and is adorned with many of Dick’s most popular characters. How many can you spot?

We would like to extend our eternal gratitude to all those involved in helping this project come to fruition (especially Andy!), and we hope that many people for years to come will enjoy a lovely walk in those stunning surroundings and be able to rest their weary legs by sitting on this charming bench.

Full story here.

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