ANIMAL sculptures have gone on display at a Borders tourist attraction.

Priorwood Gardens in Melrose is hosting 11 willow woodland creatures until the end of October.

Designed by artist Anna Turnbull, the sculptures have been inspired by Scotland’s rural landscape.

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^ A willow deer is among the creations in Priorwood Gardens

Ms Turnbull said: “Each concept starts with drawings, where I closely observe the animal’s movement, shape, form, flow of muscles, directions, lines and tensions.

"My husband, Richard, constructs a metal skeleton, which is the starting point for the weaving, and gives the sculpture strength and durability for outdoors.

"I weave the willow in bundles, creating strong lines which echo the contours of the creature’s muscles.

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^ This pony will be in the gardens until October

"Building the willow up step by step really brings each animal to life.”

Among the creations are battling stags, deer, a hare, a fox and swallows.

John Baxter, visitor services manager at Priorwood Gardens, added: “These sculptures have brought even more character to our gardens, which are already buzzing with nature’s sights and sounds.

"They really spark the imagination and we’re very excited to have them on display for visitors to enjoy – they’re only here until the end of October and shouldn’t be missed."

Priorwood Gardens are run by the National Trust for Scotland.