PLANS to create a sculpture trail to link two South Lakeland communities is starting to take shape.

The project is being overseen by Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade and the attraction will feature 16 sculptures of animals indigenous to the Lake District.

Members of Windermere Town Council heard from chamber of trade representatives Scott Keenan (chair) and Adrian Faulkner (secretary) that the project had already attracted interest from several local sculptors and the Lake District National Park Authority had given early positive feedback on the idea.

The council was told that several local businesses had also shown an interest in sponsoring a sculpture and the Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, would be involved in the project. There will be a leaflet that guides visitors around the attraction and incentives for children to spot each sculpture.

Councillors learnt that once the sculpture trail becomes an attraction the chamber will look to set up a separate charity to oversee its operation.

The project received positive feedback from councillors who asked questions about signage, locations, types of fixings, land ownership and funding.