WHILE some people decorate their gardens with gnomes and water features, a retired design engineer from Buckland Brewer has taken the concept a step further.
David Lloyd, 75, has spent two months creating a 4.5- metre tall papier-mâché giraffe which takes pride of place in his garden.
He said: “It took quite a lot of time, I was first inspired by the camel on the M5. I thought I could do that.
“Then I was at London Zoo with my grandchildren and my little grandson seemed to like the giraffes the most.
“He thought they were calm and gentle.”
David has made the giraffe using a mixture of wood, chicken wire, papier-mâché, gel and resin.
He added: “I thought ‘how high can we go?’ and I read a male giraffe can get to 18ft, which is nearly the height of the garage so I thought we would go smaller to 14ft.
“I just find making things totally satisfying and hugely rewarding.”
Children from Buckland Brewer Pre-school have been to visit the giraffe twice as part of a project.
David added there have been several suggestions made for a name for the giraffe, one of which is Kelly.