Sleepy lanes of a Cornish village have recently been awoken by the footsteps of a large giant – and it’s not an April Fool.  

Giant Tregona – the latest addition to Cornwall’s rich folklore, was seen walking down the quiet lanes of Rinsey, which caused a buzz of excitement from local people.

The huge sculpture was created by year four, five and six pupils from Leedstown School in collaboration with The Lost Giants. Tregona stands tall as a symbol of creativity and community spirit.

Falmouth Packet: Giant Tregona came to life by pupils from Leedstown Primary School in collaboration with The Lost GiantsGiant Tregona came to life by pupils from Leedstown Primary School in collaboration with The Lost Giants (Image: Amy Brocklehurst | Frances Webb)

 Inspired by the character in the new folktale by Stephen Polglase, ‘The Last Giants’, Tregona was brought to life through the creative efforts of the students and the team at The Lost Giants.

This new creation is set to delight audiences at community events throughout the year, alongside efforts to get the folktale published. The Lost Giants are the designers and co-creators of many giants and re-imagined folklore beasties. They devise workshops, and processions and create giant happenings.

Born from friendship and family and a 35-year strong New Year's Eve giant tradition in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, their work is aimed at reclaiming lost narratives and strengthening connections of community through revival and reimagining of folk customs and traditions.

Amy Brocklehurst of The Lost Giants said: “The talented students at Leedstown School did a fantastic job and we are so grateful to Arts Lab for making it all possible.”

Arts Lab is a creative wellbeing programme by and for young people in Cornwall, delivered by Headstart Kernow, FEAST (Creative Kernow) and Arts Well CIC, commissioned by Cornwall Council Wellbeing and Public Health Service.

 As Tregona prepares for its upcoming appearances, people are being encouraged to follow @thelostgiantmakers on social media for the latest updates.

To support the publication of the book, follow Godolphin Arts and Heritage which are leading the fundraising efforts.