A Monterey Cypress tree planted in 1930 within Garden City Reserve has breathed new life as a dragon seat. Designer and carver James Cattel was commissioned to create something from the old loved tree that fell in 2012.
The seat was placed within the playground in memory of all the children that used to climb and play on the Monterey Cypress tree and welcomes all children in the future.
Garden City Reserve is very special to local residents with even the signage noting it is a ‘place like no other’. One of the unofficial custodians of the park is Lois Daley, pictured below helping me to cut the ribbon to unveil the new seat. Her dedication to the park was acknowledged and is appreciated by all in the community.
James Cattel was the designer of the much loved existing Dragon with in Garden City reserve, so it fits very well within the theme of the park.