A UNIQUE sculpture of a soldier is being created as the focal point of Enham Trust’s First World War centenary commemorations.

The sculpture will be unveiled by Falklands veteran Simon Weston and Sir Gerald Howarth MP for Farnborough at a special event in August marking the start of a commemorative heritage trail around Enham Alamein village.

The statue is being crafted by specialist chainsaw sculptor Nick Speakman from an oak tree which fell in a field at Enham Alamein during the winter storms.

Nick said: “I feel very honoured to be part of this historic project. My aim is to show how the soldier is turning from the horrors of war and looking ahead to a better life.”

Victoria Leesam, Enham Trust’s property executive said: “The soldier depicts how the soldiers found peace and a new life at Enham.

“It’s the start of our new heritage trail which will have information signs through the village describing the journey of the charity through the decades.”

It will be the first of five heritage trails which Enham Trust hopes to have in place by the charity’s own centenary in 2019.