Richard Adams Sculpture Bewley Homes 02A sculpture designed to recognise the contribution the late author Richard Adams made to Whitchurch was unveiled this week.

Whitchurch Town Mayor John Buckley joined Richard Adam’s daughter Rosamond Mahony in unveiling the sculpture on the Bewley Homes ‘Owsla Park’ site off Bloswood Lane. The roads in the area also have ‘Watership Down’ connections – Richard Adams Way, Fiver Close, Pipkin Gardens, Cowslip Drive, and Bluebell Close.

The design, kindly financed by Bewley Homes depicts a number of rabbits and is situated overlooking the open space area. Sculptor Rupert Till is well-known for his interpretation of wildlife forms, being a leading artist in this sphere.

Before the unveiling the Mayor referred to a poem which was written by Richard Adams on the occasion his 90th birthday which included:

When I return and see my home
My Whitchurch home, that’s like no other
I am resolved, I’ll never roam
I count each Whitchurch man, my brother.

Be yours, and Whitchurch roofs designed for you
to dwell in happiness.
My home. Our home! Here I return

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From left to right:
Cllr John Buckley (Mayor of Whitchurch), Peter Carpinelli (Operations Director, Bewley Homes), Rupert Till (Sculptor), Kay Buckley (Mayoress), Andrew Morris (Strategic Land Director, Bewley Homes), Rosamond Mahony (daughter of Richard Adams).