THE Friends of Maghull and District are getting ready to install a unique ‘bottle-top rhinos’ sculpture later this month.
As part of their successfully completed Stafford Moreton Way Wildflower Project, the Friends’ one year crowd-funding campaign finished at the end of March. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, they had to postpone the second part of the project, which was due to be the installation of a noticeboard, the sculpture and the planting of 102m² of wildflower turf.
Frank Sharp from the Friends said: “It was really frustrating to be so close; we had actually ordered the delivery of the wildflower turf for April 2! It will be re-ordered for September/October when the turf will not be exposed to excessively dry or frosty weather.
“Looking back over the last two record-breaking months of dry weather and sunshine, we were perhaps fortunate in not putting down the wildflower turf!”
He would like to ‘update all of the amazing people whose imaginations have been captured and have been collecting plastic bottle tops to insert into the sculpture.’ It will be sited on Stafford Moreton Way, which is the road leading up to Morrisons supermarket and adjacent Home Bargains, and part of the wildflower project.
He said: “The good news is that everything is still on track to be delivered this year. Castle Foundry have recommenced work on the rhino sculpture and are hoping to have it installed this.
“We are so grateful to the Foundry’s Chris Butler for producing the sculpture at material cost only, and picking it up again when we were encouraging him to focus on more profitable work.
“The galvanised mesh steel sculpture - featuring a life-sized animal and its child - is to highlight the need for plastic recycling, caring for endangered wildlife and to act as a beautiful aesthetic.
“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! We hope all of the children can attend the eventual unveiling, insert the bottle tops they collected and get a real sense of ownership for their fantastic engagement.
“I would be very grateful if anyone who is still collecting them can keep them until the sculpture is available. Do not worry if we have too many bottle tops as we may consider making a community mosaic picture!”
They are now ready to go ahead with their next project at Bobby’s Wood/Woodend, near the junction of Liverpool Road South and Northway.
He added: “We are currently in the crowd-funding stage. Although it feels like an ambitious mountain to climb by October, we have been really encouraged by the achievement of obtaining 68% of our target, mainly through in-kind offers of support.”
More information and how to support this project can be found at www.spacehive.com/woodend