An End To Climbing The Lions
The lions of Trafalgar Square have been clambered on by generations of children, but today’s kids are rougher, and think nothing of trying to gouge their names into the bronze flanks of Landseer’s beasts with keys and other sharp objects. As a consequence, the metal has been eroded after 140 years from the original thickness of 15mm to just 3mm in places (the tail section of the north-easterly lion is most vulnerable) and it’s only a matter of time before one of them collapses.
So now,’heritage wardens’ armed with whistles will stop anyone attempting to climb the pedestals. First the pigeons went – now this.