TUSKER the mammoth, the well-loved favourite with all that visit Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms has been created in paint.

He has been greeting visitors from the front of the centre for nearly 20 years and recently underwent a “refurr-b” to freshen up his look after years of cuddles and pats on the head.

This spring, the centre staff are working on refurbishing their toilet area as well as doing lots of work around the meadows, car park and on the outside of the building itself. They are working with groups of committed volunteers to get necessary conservation work done as well as improving the condition of the site for visitors to the centre and meadows to enjoy.

As part of this larger project, local artist, Helen Worrell, has created a mural of Tusker to brighten the walls of the centre for all future visitors to enjoy.

“We are very proud of our Tusker portrait and we would like to thank Helen for kindly agreeing to paint him for us again,” said Jade Marriott-Lodge, Marketing Manager at the Centre.

Helen is an avid supporter and volunteer of the centre. It has been great to have her involved. We think she has captured Tusker’s character perfectly and are looking forward to the future projects.”