A park in Acton, London, has benefitted from a £4,500 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The Acton Park Art and Tree Trail project at Acton Park, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, saw the installation of a circular Honour Tree seat and three wolf sculptures at this central park with its diverse mix of trees. Community participation was at the project's core and enabled engagement with children, young people and local residents. They were directly involved in the planning, designing and creating the artwork; being guided and assisted by local artists.
Acton Play Project and Leisure Events (A.P.P.L.E) work to promote use of the park through provision of high quality pieces of permanent art work and sculptures. The tree trail is designed to bring people together in a shared public space and to see the park and local environment afresh. More info about the Tree Trail can be found via the website: http://www.i-m.co/APPLETREETRAIL/Acton/
The Harvest Celebration; the autumn tree trail treasure hunt, will take place on Saturday 26th October 2013, from 2-5pm. The event will be held at the Art Block and is a free, family event.
Vicki Barker, Project Coordinator, Acton Play Projects Leisure Events (A.P.P.L.E), said:
“The Honour Tree has instantly become something very special, from the moment it was installed, even in its unfinished state it was being used, and exactly in the way it was designed for, a moments rest, peace and contemplation.”
Ellie Lewis-Nunes, Outreach Officer, Gunnersbury Park, said:
“The A.P.P.L.E tree trail creates a sense of magic and wonder in Acton Park – you never know what will be around the next corner. It also encourages people to look closely at and engage with their natural environment.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The installation of a new seating area at Acton Park has created a place that the whole community can enjoy and be proud of and the community engagement element of this project has given local residents a greater feeling of ownership. Biffa Award champions projects that bring communities together and so we are very pleased to support this important work.”