Where to see the tree faces

Awbridge Locks

A walk along the canal tow path from Awbridge Locks (photographed above-grid ref: SO 860 948) south towards Bratch Locks will pass several trees and tree-stumps which have had the adornments fixed to them representing faces.

A representative from British Waterways said that the faces started to mysteriously appear shortly after maintenance work had been completed along that section of the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal.
Can you help to solve this mystery?
Do you know who originated this rather unique practice?

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