The Wind in the Willows attraction to open at Hanningfield Reservoir

Sculpture at Hanningfield Reservoir

An exciting new, permanent trail is opening at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Hanningfield Reservoir visitor centre and nature reserve in time for the Easter holidays.

The Wind in the Willows Sculpture & Brass Rubbing Trail features stunning, large-scale wooden sculptures of characters from Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved book The Wind in the Willows, first published in 1908. All the favourite characters are there: Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger – as well as two dastardly Weasels.

The trail guides in the Trust’s visitor centre and then embark in Mole’s footsteps, into the ‘Wild Wood’, to seek out the sculptures. Beside each sculpture is a brass rubbing, from which people can fill in images of the characters on spaces in the guide, by using the crayons provided.

The Trail opens to the public on Saturday 28 March, from 9am, before an official opening event on Sunday 31 May. It is the latest is a series of The Wind in the Willows-themed activities and events at Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir. Last year, The Wind in the Willows Wildlife Garden, which features Ratty’s Boat and Toad’s Caravan, opened.

Essex Wildlife Trust is introducing individual themes across its nine visitor centres.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Gayle Dyer, Centre Manager at Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir"]We have the characters on Hanningfield Reservoir nature reserve: Moles, Badgers, Toads, Weasels and even Water Voles [Ratty]. Moreover, the ancient woodland evokes the Wild Wood from Kenneth Grahame’s book. We look forward to welcoming visitors onto the trail – the sculptures are fantastic and it will be a fun activity for all the family.[/quote]