Back to form for Knutsford's Green Man | Knutsford Times

Back to form for Knutsford’s Green Man

By on August 22, 2018

Created in 1992 by sculptor Philip Bews, the three-metre Green Man wasn’t looking his best after weather had taken a toll on the sculpture.

The sculpture sits at the entrance to the Knutsford Heritage Centre.

Following support from the public, sculptor Philip, The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre and local businesses a new foot and leg has been added to the sculpture.


Centre manager Val Bryant said: “We are delighted the Green Man’s foot has now been fixed thanks to support from The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre, who paid for half the cost, with the remainder being raised through our Fix-My-Foot quiz sheets and donations from local podiatrists and the public.

“Over 25 years ago Philip, a sculptor of national and international public commissions, visited the centre and designed the Green Man sculpture commemorating the figure of legend and Knutsford May Day.

“A quarter of a century later the Green Man was in need of remedial work, with his foot and leg needing something more than a pedicure.

“The vagaries of Cheshire’s season had rotted one foot and part of the leg, so Phil again visited Knutsford and performed a neat surgical operation.

“The foot and part of the leg were removed and a new piece of green oak carefully cut at an angle and smoothly joined to the remaining part of the old leg.

“Leaves were then cut from a sheet of copper and carefully attached to the join and the foot. These were then coated with a chemical which ensured the new shiny copper turned green within a day to match the existing leaves on Green Man’s chest.”


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