If you go down to the woods today: Farmer builds 18ft teddy bear made of straw bales


Superted: Fraser Britton, four, and the the 18ft high giant teddy bear made from bales of straw that famer Phil Gwilliam has made in the Forest of Dean

A fun-loving farmer put a smile of the faces of children of his village - by making a giant teddy bear of straw.

The 18ft-high superted was made of more than a ton of newly-mown straw by farmer Phil Gwilliam.

Children and families in the village of English Bicknor in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, are sure of a big surprise when they go down to the woods.

Fraser Britton, four, took along his own cuddly toy to see the big bear nicknamed Buster by locals.

Farmer Phil, 62, spent a day making the Bigr Ted to help advertise the village fete next month.

He said: 'It was hard work but I just had to grin and bear it.

Heavyweight: the huge bear weighs in at nearly a ton of freshly mown straw

'I used paint to give him a face and paws and I am delighted with the results.'

Phil, who has four grandchildren, used five large round bales and seven smaller ones to make the giant bear.

It stands on the roadside and is acting as a traffic calming measure as people drive into the village.

Buster will stay up all summer - long after the vilage fete has been held.

Father-of-two Phil said: 'Families slow down to let their children give out big bear a wave.

'And lots of people are turning up to have their photograph taken with him - including a bride and groom!

'He is giving everyone a smile and that's nice to see at the moment when people are a bit miserable.'

source: dailymail