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Local artists work with pupils to bring nature to life

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

One of the pieces created by Lucy and school pupils as part of the sculpture trail One of the pieces created by Lucy and school pupils as part of the sculpture trail

A Sheffield based artist and local school pupils, who used the botanical gardens as inspiration for a sculpture trail at the city’s first major gardening event, have received a £500 donation.

Lucy Coyne worked with the young people as they created larger than life sculptures of their favourite plants and wildlife for the recent Garden Up event held at the gardens.

Made up of nine main artworks the schools sculpture trail highlights elements of the garden including birch trees, birds and butterflies. With a mixture of dramatic pieces and other more hidden sculptures the trail was designed to lead visitors along an entertaining route through the gardens.

The donation, which has come from property maintenance company, Sanctuary Maintenance, will be split between rewarding the schools and helping Lucy to build a tool kit so that she can continue to deliver future community projects like these.

She said: “It is great each school has been able to be rewarded. Hopefully the money will allow them to start building their own kit of tools and materials.

“I am proud of these projects that help children boost their confidence and try something different. I want to build on these relationships and give pupils and teachers the skills and equipment to continue to carry out projects like these once I have left.”

Lucy Coyne works on individual workshops as well as projects that form part of a larger celebration, including her recent ‘Steel City Cascade’ a permanent sculpture sited in the Winter Gardens created for last year’s steel city centenary.

Lucy has been working with members of the community for a number of years to give them the opportunity to work with materials and processes in new and exciting ways.

“With many of these collaborative pieces being displayed in public places it gives participants a sense of pride and inclusion in something. It also offers a chance for them to show friends and family their designs and to show off the project they have been a part of, this is why I enjoy delivering these projects.

 “This help from Sanctuary Maintenance is invaluable as it means I can build up a kit to keep specifically for when I am working with schools or other groups.”

The trail will remain at the botanical garden for several weeks to allow children, parents and members of the public to visit.

To celebrate the Garden Up event Sanctuary Maintenance’s sister company, Sanctuary Housing, also donated seven tickets to Shiregreen Garden Friends and Friends of Concord Park who attended the show.

Residents enjoyed the day which gave them the chance to pick up some tips for the garden spaces they look after and purchase new plants.

Maureen Shipley, from Friends of Concord Park, said: “We had a lovely time at the show and managed to take lots of pictures. It’s great to see something like this happening in Sheffield.”

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