Funding- Well amazingly, after one year of crowdfunding, today is the last day for collecting our cash donations and we are in the process of counting how much Morrisons, Home Bargains and the Esso petrol station customers collected, for our next post and formal letters of gratitude. Our last collection amounted to Morrisons (£18) Home Bargains (£31), totalling £49 from our five home-made collection containers which have now been withdrawn. SMW Update - we had been planning to deliver the final three components of the project in April but unfortunately we have been hampered by the national restrictions and have reluctantly made the decision to postpone the installation of the rhinoceros sculpture, noticeboard, and wildflower turf. It was really frustrating to be so close, we had actually ordered the delivery of the wildflower turf for the 2.4.20! Consequently, the wildflower turf will be re-ordered for September/October when the turf will not be exposed to excessively dry or frosty weather, the noticeboard and rhinoceros will be installed once we obtain further information from the foundry manufactures and the sign company. However, we expect to have this installed within this year. Fortunately, we were able to collect nine huge bin bags of plastic bottle tops from the three fantastic primary schools (Northway, Lydiate, and St Andrews). The competition between the classes in each of the primary school sounded brilliant, particularly the youngest class of proud victorious children who were the winners at their school in Lydiate Primary ('Top Class'!). My hope is that the children can all attend the eventual unveiling and insert the bottle tops they collected, and get a real sense of ownership for their fantastic engagement. With regard to anyone else who is collecting bottle tops, I would be very grateful if you could continue collecting and saving them yourselves, until the sculpture is available. Do not worry if we have too many bottle tops as we may consider making a community mosaic picture! The Next Project 2020 – at Woodend/Bobby’s Wood, near the junction of Liverpool Road South and Northway, is now gathering some momentum, despite these worrying times. Over the last three weeks we have been (1) seeking permissions and exploring ideas, (2) costing with three tenders for each aspect, and (3) exploring a variety of funding options and stakeholders involvement e.g. community groups. Physical preparation to date has involved (1) a free topographic survey (normally between £800 and £1,000) from Martin Monaghan, and (2) the MTC Parks team who have undertook some brilliant work clearing, and wood chipping a huge amount of vegetation to expose some huge old borders and blossoming bulbs, to provide a blank canvas for the community to work on in the future. Our crowdfunding websites is now up and running and can take pledges but it is still a work in progress whilst we are waiting for a video to be made available in one week (12.4.20), before we formally advertise the launch the website. www.spacehive.com/woodend Finally, the picture shows one of the Stafford Moreton Way borders with more of the 400 daffodils making an appearance. However, the 1000 blue bell bulbs remain conspicuous by their absence, so far but I understand that this can happen any time between mid April and mid-May! In the meantime, look after yourself and take comfort in nature.