The Marbury Lady Revisited

Cheshire Life Magazine cover featuring The Marbury Lady sculpture by Simon O'Rourke

This month Cheshire Life magazine featured The Marbury Lady on its front cover. It was part of a feature on local photographer Alison Hamlin Hughes – AKA The (other!) Marbury Lady! Although the article wasn’t about Simon, many people have been interested in the sculpture. So, we thought we’d revisit the story behind the sculpture … Read more

What To Do With A Diseased Tree

What to do with a diseased tree? SImon O'Rourke created this sculpture of a dragon emerging from a tree trunk out of an ash killed by ash dieback

Trees contribute massively to a landscape’s value, so it’s important to take care of them. In fact, if you have a tree you suspect may be diseased and need some help, you can read this blog about how to deal with the most common tree diseases. However, sometimes there is nothing that can be done … Read more

All About Wood: The Difference Between Brown and White Rot

an example of brown rot on a piece of timber as part os simon o'rourke's blog on the difference between brown rot and white rot

Welcome to our blog and vlog series ‘All About Wood’. In this series Simon will be answering some of the questions we receive about timber. Essentially, he’ll talk about how wood behaves. That is, how it reacts to different environments, the longevity, how it cracks etc. He is often asked about these things, and rightly … Read more

The Marbury Lady Sculpture

Simon O'Rourke creating the Lady of Marbury sculpture

Those of you follow Simon on social media will have already seen his stunning Marbury Lady sculpture. The sculpture is inspired by a ghost story associated with the former Marbury Estate. People in the area frequently claim to have seen this ghost, as she haunts the park. The most recent sighting is reported as being … Read more

Radagast the Brown, (Blue and Pink).

Isn’t he amazing?! Meet Radagast the Brown!   Simon recently worked on this sculpture of Radagast the Brown from Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’. We think he makes a striking figure rising up among the shrubbery. We love the detail too like his wise, all-seeing eyes and wild beard. It’s so easy to imagine birds … Read more