Name suggestions sought for Porthkerry Country Park Dragon

The latest work to Vale of Glamorgan Council green spaces has seen a legend of the past make an appearance at Porthkerry Country Park.

A spectacular dragon’s head sculpture has been carved into wood within the park grounds, inspired by myths that tell of a fire-breathing serpent who roams the woods at night.

That follows a widespread project to upgrade Vale parks, with several other sites in Barry and Penarth also receiving makeovers.

Chris Wood, from Wood Art Works, carved the dragon’s head using just a chainsaw, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The work has also seen the old saw mill refurbished and Augmented Reality (AR) technology installed, which allows people to view scenes from the past through their smartphones.

Members of the Council’s parks team are now calling on the public to help them name the dragon.

Suggestions can be sent to site ranger Melanie Stewart by emailing

People of all ages met at an event at the Cwm Ciddy Saw Mill in the park to celebrate the finishing of the work on Wednesday August 16.

A chainsaw carving demonstration was held as well as lessons in how to make wood wands and flower workshops.

Families enjoyed two magical woodland walks, where Lulu Whizzlegs, Ula who likes to Hula and Azan Shoopard the Froghopper, transformed the woods into the setting for a magical tea party.

Cllr Jonathan Bird, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “We hope people will enjoy the new features at Porthkerry Country Park and welcome their suggestions for what we should call our new dragon!

“As a Council, we are committed to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, which is why a number of parks have undergone improvement work in recent months and others are set for similar treatment in the near future.”

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