TO COMMEMORATE the start of the North Notts Nectar Trail, opening launch events took place at Retford and Worksop town centres, with organisers and local artists – responsible for the 30 sculptures – in attendance.
The events included an array of free family activities including street entertainers, face painting and the handing out of wildflower seeds – in line with the trail’s aims to celebrate positive character traits and educate people about the importance of bees, and how people can take action to protect the natural environment.
The trail is brought to the area by North Notts BID in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Charity. The entire proceeds – including the sponsorship of sculptures by local businesses and the auction of the sculptures when the trail ends in September – will be donated towards the hospital’s charitable trust.
Sally Gillborn, chief executive at North Notts BID, said: “We were delighted to launch the North Notts Nectar Trail this past weekend, giving the public the chance to discover the incredible sculptures across the region. This is a great opportunity to showcase exciting local creative talents, as well as helping to raise the profile of businesses to trail visitors from North Notts and beyond.
Sally added: “We’d like to thank all the designers, organisers, installers, app developers and local businesses who have helped to bring the trail to life.”
Georgie Muirhead, a local interior stylist who runs her own business Georgie Designs, is one of the designers included in the sculpture trail. She said: “As a designer I was thrilled to enter the North Notts Nectar Trail and have my design accepted. This fulfils a personal challenge of mine to work on such an exciting community project and represent my town of Retford.
“My given bee theme was ‘bee economical’. The focus for the design was to provide a paired-back simplistic look to the flowers to show that beauty can still be found in the simpler things. In contrast, the bee has been gilded with 24 carat gold leaf to highlight the richness and beauty in nature around us in which to enjoy.”
“Although the subject and the structure was a challenge, I feel proud of my finished piece and hope that everyone enjoys it as part of the bee trail.”
The trail has an accompanying interactive app to follow the sculptures and learn more about the project. Search “North Notts Nectar Trail” on the App Store or Google Play store to download.
The Nectar Trail is part-funded in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council through HM Government’s Welcome Back Fund, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
To donate to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Charity, visit https://dbthcharity.co.uk/donate-today/.