Tree carving design competition

The Sustainability team are seeking a creative design for a chainsaw carving of a tree stump located near the School of Earth & Environment. Open to students, staff and families.

tree carving 2018

Create and design a totem-style tree carving for a standing tree stump, located between Leeds University Union and the School of Earth and Environment. The deadline has been extended and the competition is now open until midnight on Sunday 17 June.

The theme is ‘Sustainability – We are International'.


  • Create a totem-style (think Native American or Tiki) design suitable for a chainsaw carving, so nothing too intricate or overly-detailed.
  • The tree-stump that will be used is approx. 5 metres tall and made of ash.
  • It is situated in the green area between the back of LUU and the School of Earth and Environment.
  • You can use any media (hand-drawn, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.) to create your design.
  • You can opt to annotate your design, explaining any key feature of element.

Entrants: Entries are welcome from the four following groups:

  • staff
  • students
  • children of staff/students
  • children enrolled at the Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre.

Further details:

Innovative, creative and unique interpretations of the brief are welcome, but you may wish to integrate:

  • the University’s Sustainability Strategy
  • the Global Challenges and research themes
  • the Leeds Living Lab
  • our community and the people of the University
  • the University’s role in society
  • the built/natural environment
  • community – environment interactions and relationships
  • history of our campus
  • interdisciplinary research.
Please send your entries to or to Sustainability Service, Facilities Directorate Building, Cloberry Street, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

All entries must include:

Your name, a contact email address and/or telephone number, and which one of the four entrant groups you belong to (see ‘Entrants’ section above).

For further information please email or contact Thom Cooper on 0113 343 0508.

Please note that your contact details will not be stored and we will only contact you in matters relating directly to this competition. Please see the Sustainability privacy policy for more information.

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