A DRAGON has landed at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby - adding proof to the folklore tales and legends that dragons do exist.

The five metre long dragon, carved from oak and boasting metal scales, was commissioned by the North York Moors National Park and will complement other wildlife sculptures along the Riverside Trail at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The sculpture was carved by Whitby based chainsaw sculptor Steve Iredale with local Egton Blacksmith, James Godbold creating the metal work.

Heather McNiff, Senior Activity Leader at the North York Moors National Park Authority and the education team are working with schools on a brand new activity day where children can take inspiration from the Woodling’s Story in Crow Wood at Danby and link it back to their literacy work.

She said: “It’s a wish dragon. Whisper a wish into its ear and it may come true”

The dragon can be found on the new Riverside Trail which includes cloud watching pillars, wildlife sculptures, balance play, wellie splash and wildflower wander. The book, depicting the story of how the dragon came back to make its home at the Moors Centre and the tiny Woodling folk living in Crow Wood, is available to buy at both The Moors National Park Centre Danby and Sutton Bank Visitor Centre.