THREE Tour de France inspired sculptures have emerged from tree trunks on Harrogate town centre street.

Chainsaw sculptor Mick Burns has created an intricated carved model of the Eiffel Tower on a tree trunk on Montpelier Hill in Harrogate, close to the town's famous stray where the first stage of le Tour will end in a sprint finish on Saturday, July 5.

Harrogate council's Patrick Kilburn said: “As the tree is located on Montpellier Hill and right in the sight line of the finish of the first stage, our brief to Mick was to make the most of the French connection.

"Before the Eiffel Tower was built, a total of 50 engineers made 5,300 blueprints for Stephen Sauvestre. Mick had no such blueprints and nothing but a good eye for detail and a steady hand.

"He has also included a carving of the Tour de France trophy and a further cyclist riding up the other side of the tree. His skill is unrivalled and we hope these carvings will bring ‘joie’ and ‘plaisir’ for years to come.”