NEW carvings of animals and birds chosen by local schoolchildren will be features of three new entrances to an East Lancashire nature reserved.

They will decorate the gates to Accrington's Woodnook Vale.

Artist Rick Goodwin from Stump Art produced a new, carved seat with the help of nine and 10-year-old children from Woodnook Primary for one of the entrances close to their school.

The children were given an carving demonstration after designing a seat that has a fox and a deer at either end and featuring hedgehogs, squirrels, butterflies and bees.

Mr Goodwin worked alongside local residents, children and young people from other local schools on the project to improve three of the main entrances to Woodnook Vale Local Nature Reserve with artwork.

The project also involved local families in planting trees, shrubs and bulbs

Joanne Fisher, Woodnook Primary School's Class Five teacher, said; “The children were amazed at the skill. strength and imagination needed.

"They were thrilled as they saw a fox being created before their very eyes."

The carvings will grace the reserve's entrances from Perth Street, Miller Fold and Royds Street.

Community Interest Company Proffitts are leading a project