A HAND CARVED statue of herons has been stolen from Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens just weeks after it was unveiled.
The statue of two herons, which was created by local artist Graham Jones, were part of a newly installed nature trail across the Chester Road site which opened earlier this month.
The theft has left walkers devastated and disappointed as the wooden statue featured on their daily walks.
Margaret Slyfield said on Castle Bromwich Facebook page: “The people that carved it were lovely. Why why do others have to steal and destroy. It’s beyond me.
“I go there twice daily with my dogs and its such a peaceful place”
The piece was installed as part of a project funded by Love Your River Cole (LYRiC) Project to help make the public historic parkland, often referred to as Lady Brad’s, a more accessible space for people to connect with and enjoy nature.
The team have worked tirelessly to improve the pathways, opening up areas making them safer and more welcoming.
Tara Higgs, Castle Bromwich Parkland manager, told The Observer: “Everyone is very disappointed and upset about this, the carvings are very popular with many looking forward to seeing them on their walks.
“We have had an outpouring of support from local people who have commented on social media, sent messages and spoken to us in person.
“We very much appreciate how they have responded and how these carvings, from local artist Graham Jones, have become loved and cherished so quickly.”
This isn’t the first time the gardens have been targeted.
Tara said: “Sadly this is our second incident as a newly installed information panel was purposefully destroyed when a fire was created underneath it.
“The fire service came out to ensure the fire was out and not spread across the park.”
West Midlands Police have been informed and Tara said the force was supportive with more patrols expected
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.