What an amazing month:
1.1 Recycling Rhinoceros Sculpture, was unveiled on the 6.6.21 by the new Mayor of Maghull (John Sayers) and the philanthropic Castle Foundry MD and creator (Chris Butler). With presentations from John, Chris, myself and Frank Kennedy (Friends of the Earth). The icing on the cake was that the representatives from the primary schools that collected the majority of the bottle tops were the first to insert them into the sculpture, from a jungle themed cardboard box, decorated by Bumbles children’s nursery. It was a fantastic day and really well received from the local community who have nearly filled the whole rhinoceros up. We are incredibly indebted to so many people and organisations and hope to create a You Tube video and send individual letters to express our gratitude in the near future. We are particularly grateful to the property maintenance company (Spacecare) who must have spent in the region of £1000 for the free installation of the hard landscaping.
1.2 The unveiling was covered in the media by the Liverpool Echo and the Champion Newspaper, and somehow received mentions in Washington USA and Germany!
1.3.1 In collaboration with Maghull Town Council (MTC) we are running an eco name competition for the rhinoceros, with a family ticket to Knowsley Safari Park and the original model used to upscale the sculpture (closing date 12.7.21), also covered by the Champion Newspaper.
1.3.2 Exploring a backdrop to the sculpture, which may involve large boulders and/or shrubs/bulbs. Depending on costs, we then hope to purchase and install a ecology noticeboard, to complete the project.
1.3.3 Any surplus bottle tops in the future is being considered for a community art mosaic installation.
The 102 m² of wildflower turf that was planted in November 2020, has had two consecutive waves of colour, involving purple Nat weed and oxide Daisy. The Nordmann and holly trees have required a lot of TLC in the form of daily watering!
3.0 In summary, in July we hope to have made some progress on the backdrop and name of the sculpture, have plans for the mosaics & noticeboard, and created a thank you video.
Many thanks and best wishes to one and all,
4.0 Please Help Us to Continue Improving the Environment in Maghull.
We need your kind donations to reach our £3/5,000 October target, which currently stands at £700. Our aim is to populate a 50x4 border with woodland themed planting at Bobby’s Wood/Woodend (junction of Liverpool Road South and Northway).
More information and donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/woodend
Previous projects include:
• Stafford Morton Way Wildflower Project: https://www.spacehive.com/stafford-moreton
• Woodend (Stage One): https://www.spacehive.com/woodend
• 9,000 Trees throughout Maghull: https://www.facebook.com/groups/154530851941643/posts/837487836979271
• Prompting Park Lane Improvements. https://www.facebook.com/groups/154530851941643
5.0 Pictured: SMW project viewed from the Home Bargains perspective, foreground showing weeded, wood chipped and planted border, and other aspects of the project in the background eg trees, wildflowers, and community art bin.