A new pathway at Sleaford natural space The Nettles was officially opened at a special launch event this morning. The project initiated by the Nettles Volunteer Group was funded by WREN, a not for profit business which awards grants to community, environment and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the landfill Communities Fund, Lincolnshire County Council’s Wildlife Grant, and artsNK.
The event also marked the unveiling of a new interpretation board, illustrating some of the artworks and wildlife that can be found at The Nettles. The board has been designed by emerging artist and graduate of University of Lincoln, Hannah Edwards who worked closely with members of the Nettles Volunteer Group and artsNK to create the beautifully illustrated interpretation board.
Situated alongside the river Slea, near to Sleaford Leisure Centre, the Nettles is a public nature space, maintained and enhanced by The Nettles Volunteer Group. With the support of artsNK many plant species have been introduced, habitats for wildlife created and, seating, mosaics, stone carvings and sculptures have been installed.
Marion Sander from artsNK said:
“The Nettles is a much loved public space and the renewal and widening of the old limestone path along with the new interpretation board will ensure improved access to the site, enabling more people to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this distinctive place”.
Also underway at the site is a new mosaic seating area designed by members of Sleaford based group MosArt, which will be completed in spring 2016.
If you would like to discover more about The Nettles, or are interested in volunteering visit the facebook page: www.facebook.com/NettlesVolunteerGroup
You can also contact Marion Sander at artsNK for further information about volunteering.