Budding Banksys create blooming mural
Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Communities
(L-R) Tom Houghton, Plumber at Gifford and Hardwick; Artist Jonathan Taylor; Lorraine McMullen, Keepmoat Community Investment Manager; Matt Gifford, Foreman at Gifford and Hardwick; Jude Milburn, Rykneld Homes Community Involvement Officer; and Jason Sadl
Budding Banksys from a Chesterfield estate created a blooming mural as part of a project to transform a disused patch of land into a fruitful allotment.
The young people from the Alma Estate in North Wingfield worked with graffiti artists to put their stamp on a shipping container used to store gardening tools, during the sessions organised by community regeneration specialist Keepmoat.
Part of a wider scheme run by the All Seasons Allotment Project, the seven-strong group spent a number of weeks bringing the disused patch of land back to life.
Keepmoat, which is working on Rykneld Homes’ Decent Homes programme on the nearby Alma Estate, organised and met the cost of the materials for the graffiti project and sent Lorraine McMullen, Community Investment Manager, to assist in the sessions.
Artist Matt Gifford, who also works as a Foreman for heating and plumbing engineers Gifford and Hardwick, designed the mural with help from fellow artist Jonathan Taylor. The pair devised the piece from a concept thought up by the group.
“The group wanted a design which depicted all the seasons, so together we came up with an outline idea. The group then went on to create stencils based upon the leaves and shrubs that they had collected on the allotment site.
“All the kids loved it, they used their stencils to spray the leaves and we let them freestyle on the other side of the container.
“When someone said they hoped the graffiti wouldn’t get painted over, all the kids said they wouldn’t let that happen and that they would look after it.
“I think that shows just how much they enjoyed being involved and how protective they will be over the piece of art,” said Matt whose company is one of the contractors working on the nearby estate.
Andrew Durdey, Keepmoat’s Contracts Manager, said: “We were delighted to get involved in the allotment project in such an imaginative way.
“With the help of Matt and Jonathan, the youngsters have done a great job in transforming the container into an exciting piece of community art, which really puts their stamp on the allotment.
“I would like to thank Matt and Jonathan for giving their time and expertise free of charge to make this happen.”
The scheme was run in partnership with the All Seasons Allotment Project – which includes several organisations including the Parish Council, Alice’s View Children’s Centre and Derbyshire County Council.