Tour de France: A lasting legacy for Harrogate

The finished Tour De France sculpture on the 100 year old Elm Tree on Montpellier Hill in Harrogate.
The finished Tour De France sculpture on the 100 year old Elm Tree on Montpellier Hill in Harrogate.
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A Tour de France cyclist can be spotted heading up Montpellier Hill, nine months before the world’s biggest cycling event comes to the district.

Chainsaw sculptor Mick Burns will spend two days carving the outline of a Tour de France cyclist on the 100-year-old elm tree.

He said: “It was really a beautiful tree here, and I hope the sculpture will remain for 20 years if not more. It will be a reminder of the Tour de France for years to come. I can see why they’ve picked Yorkshire for the race, there is so much beautiful countryside and steep hills, Harrogate is a lovely place for it to finish.”

Harrogate Borough Council held a competition to decide on what the tree stump would be turned into when it was chopped down in October after the tree had died. If you look closely you will also spot a tiny fairy doorway carved into the tree.

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