Artist And Young People Bring Life To Building At Country Park

Published Friday, 17th October 2014

Contemporary artist Dan Newso will be helping to brighten up a building in Waseley Hills Country Park this half term.

Dan and the National Trust's urban ranger team will paint a mural depicting country scenes on the toilet block in the 150-acre park.

Matt Royle, Worcestershire County Council's assistant countryside sites officer, said:" This joint initiative between the National Trust and rangers at the park is aimed at increasing appreciation of the local countryside and what it has to offer."

Cllr 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 is being met by the National Trust and the painting will take place during the week, culminating on 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.

Waseley Hills Country Park is located just outside Rubery, close to the M5. Visitors can follow the signposted Skylark trail which takes in grassland, hedgerows, woodland and ponds, leading to panoramic views and the source of the River Rea.

As well as acres to explore, there is an adventure play area for children and people can bring a picnic or visit the Windmill Café for refreshments.