FAMOUS faces from The Beatles to Bruce Lee entertained the crowds in a South Warwickshire garden.
The Dorsington garden belonging to the late millionaire publisher and poet Felix Dennis, featuring over 50 life-size bronze sculptures, opened its gates to the public on Saturday.
The usually private ‘Garden of Heroes & Villains’ created by Felix hosted a Family Fun Day to raise funds for the tycoon’s on-going Heart of England Forest project.
Thousands took advantage of the summer sunshine to enjoy an English garden like no other.
Felix began work on his amazing garden in the early 1990s, commissioning life-size bronze sculptures from some of the world’s finest portrait sculptors.
The eclectic collection reflects Felix’s own wide-ranging interests, from musicians such as Bob Dylan captured visiting his own musical hero Woody Gutherie in hospital; King of the Delta Blues Robert Johnson; and the Fab Four in action in their early Moptop days.
There are poets, writers and men of letters including Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Rupert Brooke, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Johnson, and Dorothy Parker, to painters including Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci.
There are scientists, from an egg-making Albert Einstein, to the discovers of DNA Watson, Crick and Franklin; great engineers such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee.
Sporting stars (Muhammad Ali) rub shoulders with spacemen (Yuri Gargarin), woolly mammoths with King Kong, and the Felix and his fellow Oz defendants can be found at
the heart of the maze.
Felix himself can also be found at the heart of The Shard Garden a field of his poetry inscribed on 45 large shards embedded in the ground
And as a reminder of what the day was all about there was a chance to visit the millionth tree in the project to plant and preserve a broadleaf forest for the benefit of both the public and wildlife
So far the charity has planted more than a million trees covering more than 3,000 acres across Worcester and Warwickshire.
Visit www.heartofenglandforest.com for further details.