National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Flame for Dunblane


Type Sculpture

     Fashioned from a single yew, the trunk has been shaped to represent a flame, while the spreading roots of the tree serve as the base of the sculpture. The front has in fact four more flames deeply carved within the outer flame, making five in all, to symbolise the average age of the children killed, while the rear has seventeen deep channels radiating starburst-like from the centre to symbolise the number of people here commemorated. The sculpture, approached by a short gravel path, is set on a raised bed bounded by a low log fence. Around this have been planted seventeen hazels and seventeen oaks. The soil between the trees is a bed for snowdrops, anemones and bluebells, selected because they flower in March, the month of the tragedy.



Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bailey, Walter Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Flame (trunk of tree) Yew h. 275 cm; w. 120 cm; d. 34 cm
Base (root plate of tree) Yew h. 38 cm; w. 260 cm; d. 208 cm
overall None h. 313 cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Enterprise Glade, off Bath Lane
Precise location Heart of the National Forest Visitor Centre
A-Z ref None
OS ref SK309158
Date of design May 1997 - April 1998
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details Sunday 5 April 1998
Commissioned by The National Forest Company
Duty of care The Heart of the National Forest Foundation
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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