23 October 2014

Countryside mural to be created at Waseley

A MURAL depicting countryside scenes will be created this half-term to brighten up a building in Waseley Hills Country Park.

Contemporary artist Dan Newso and the National Trust's urban ranger team will put the image on the toilet block at the 150-acre park.

Matt Royle, Worcestershire County Council's assistant countryside sites officer, said the joint project was aimed at increasing appreciation of the local countryside and what it has to offer.

Coun Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Localism and Communities, said: "This will be a unique way of enhancing the building and giving young people a chance to show their creative skills."

The mural will feature traditional countryside scenes associated with the country park such as fauna and flora and traditional farming and land management practices, such as hedge laying and cattle grazing.

The cost of the project will be covered by the National Trust and the painting will take place during the week, culminating next Friday (October 31).

Dee Whittle from the National Trust said: "This project gives young people from the city a chance to learn about how the countryside was used in the past and how we manage it today for recreation and conservation."

For more information visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside or telephone 01562 710025.

As well as the acres to explore over half-term, youngsters can also play on the adventure play area, take along a picnic and follow the Skylark trail which takes in grassland, hedgerows, woodland and ponds, leading to panoramic views and the source of the River Rea.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard