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Trust to launch new educational sculpture trail at Carsington.

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Carsington Water, Amy-Lee WinfieldCarsington Water, Amy-Lee Winfield

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has secured a grant worth more than £20,000 from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund through the Derbyshire Environmental Trust; a fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across Derbyshire.

The Trust are working in partnership with Severn Trent Water to create a Sculpture and Educational Trail at their Carsington Visitor Centre, to encourage visitors to engage more interactively and personally with nature and learn more about the local landscape.

The Trail will consist of a main trail of eight stops, and a children’s fairy tale trail with eight sculpture stations. Each stop or station is designed to appeal to a different learning style, to make the interactive sculptures inclusive and accessible to as many of Carsington’s million or so annual visitors as possible. The wooden sculptures are being created by a local chainsaw artist Andrew Frost.

Project manager Diane Gould said “We wanted to create something to excite children and visitors to the site that would encourage them to explore further afield. My own children will walk further if they have something exciting like a large sculpture to find and so this trail was designed to appeal to as many people as possible. We hope people will get involved, hunt the sculptures, take pictures and share them with us on social media.”

Graheme Fyles, estates manager at Tarmac, said 'We're delighted to be supporting such a unique project which will be fantastic for local residents. We strive across the whole of our business to engage with the communities in which we operate, and have a net positive impact. This was a great opportunity to get involved and give back to the local community and we're looking forward to seeing things develop."

The trail is expected to open in May 2018.