Creative grandmother painstakingly carves animals out of tree stumps in the woods

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A creative grandmother is making intricate wood carvings of animals out of tree stumps in south east London.

The woman, aged 69, has carved mice, owls and other birds.

She rides around on her mobility scooter, before getting off and spending hours painstakingly turning neglected stumps into intricate works of art.

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Sam Jones, 50, from Belvedere, stumbled across the carvings while walking her dogs in Bursted Woods earlier this month, in Barnehurst, south east London.

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I've seen the carvings before but didn't know who worked on them. I wondered who was doing them and when I came across the elderly woman carving the wood, I just thought they were brilliant.

Sam Jones
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Pictures of the carvings have been shared online and are attracting rave reviews through social media.> According to Sam, the artistic pensioner uses basic tools to make the carvings.

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She hadn't carved anything since she was younger and only recently started it again as a hobby - and everyone loves them. She has pretty basic tools - and says she'd like better equipment for her 70th birthday. It's great that she's elderly and is trekking to the woods to do something she enjoys.

Sam Jones