Award-winning sculpture under threat

PUBLISHED: 12:12 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:12 15 September 2015

One of the tranquil vistas at Sculpture hy the Lakes

One of the tranquil vistas at Sculpture hy the Lakes


The award-winning Sculpture by the Lakes will be threatened with closure if Dorset County Council approve an application for a 2.5 million tonne sand and gravel quarry immediately opposite the sculpture park’s southern boundary and bordering the SSSI protected River Frome.

Sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife Monique, opened the 26 acre sculpture park in 2011 and it quickly became Trip Advisor’s number one visitor venue in Dorset. It won gold at both the Dorset and South West Tourism awards last year. “Our aim when we opened was to make this the top art destination in the South West,” said Simon. “Part of the beauty of this site is its peace and tranquillity, which visitors always comment on. If the proposed quarry goes ahead I can’t see that anyone will want to come here and sit beside such a noisy and unpleasant industrial site.

“We are appealing to all our supporters, visitors and anyone who appreciates the natural beauty that Dorset offers, to help us to stop this application in its tracks. Your voices will make a real difference,” he concluded.

If you would like to lodge your comments, email Dorset Council at putting Hurst Farm AS26 Objections in the subject line or you can go online at and click on Draft Mineral Site Plans AS26.

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