New nature inspired artworks are appearing in green spaces across Gwent, encouraging more people to value the nature we can find in our communities.
The pieces have been developed as part of the Nature Isn’t Neat project, which aims to raise awareness of the decline in pollinators and encourage local action, including embedding a regional meadow management approach across the Gwent area.
Over the summer, communities have been busy designing and building mosaic artworks with artist Stephanie Roberts, that reflect the beauty of nature in their local green spaces.
The artworks are situated across Gwent, in Gilfach, Bargoed, Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar, Rogerstone Welfare Grounds, Rogerstone, Fairhill, Cwmbran.
Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar, is home to the Blaenau Gwent sculpture, located near to Sensory Garden. The mosaic celebrates the Ragged Robin and Marmalade Hoverfly.
The new community artworks celebrate the relationship between wildflowers, pollinators and people of Gwent. The artworks will be the focal point of a celebration in the spring, looking forward to an exciting season of nature ahead.
Blaenau Gwent Council’s Executive Member for Place & the Environment, Cllr Helen Cunningham says:
“The new artworks celebrate the positive effect that the Nature Isn’t Neat approach and has on wildlife and pollinators across Gwent. Selective mowing allows grasses and wildflowers to thrive for longer and is supporting pollinators and a diverse range of wildlife.
“It’s fantastic to see this community project taking pride of place in Parc Bryn Bach. Many local people got involved with workshops to help create the mosaics over the summer. It’s a great testament to Nature Isn’t Neat and encouraging wildflower spaces”
This community art project is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas and is funded by the Welsh Government’s Enabling of Natural Resources and Well-being Grant.