Waifs and strays right at home with Duchess

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The Duchess of Northumberland has invited a group of weird waifs and strays to make a home for themselves in Alnwick Garden.

They come in the form of some unusual toy dolls christened Foundlings by their creator, which Garden bosses snapped up after seeing them at a launch exhibition.

Now there is the possibility of new designs being introduced featuring aspects of the Alnwick attraction like the tree house and the bamboo labyrinth.

The cuddly creations come with a short story and are made by Candice Tripp, (corr)21, of Clayton Park Square, Jesmond, Newcastle.

The web designer has had huge success with her Foundlings in two consecutive exhibitions at the Art Works Galleries in the Ouseburn Valley.

Mike Duke, managing director of Alnwick Garden Enterprises, said: "When I saw the Foundlings I knew straight away that they were the right kind of design to bring to the garden."

Mike approached Candice with a business offer to sell the Foundlings at Alnwick Garden with the option of patenting a new batch based on the gardens themselves.

Candice said: "I love the garden and I'm really excited about it.

"It is really cool because they don't want me to change my ideas, although I might have to tone things down a little bit.

"There are loads of dimensions to the gardens that would be perfect for my stories like the poison garden, the bamboo labyrinth, the serpent garden and the tree house."

Nicolette Perry, of the Art Works Galleries said: "We aim to provide regional artists with a platform. Candice is very talented and we wish her well."

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