An inspiring wetland-themed sculpture ‘Nest’ by awarding-winning metal sculptor, Ian Gill, is now complete on the A38 Slimbridge roundabout, as part of Slimbridge Wetland Centre’s 75 project. This is the latest project that Moto in the Community has completed with charity partner the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT).
MITC Chair Louise Hughes explains: “We’re so excited that this beautiful sculpture has now been installed. Everyone at Moto in the Community is so pleased that WWT will now have this local landmark to signpost Slimbridge as the home of conservation as we know it today.
Alongside the work and projects that Moto in the Community has supported at WWT Slimbridge itself, we’re delighted that this sculpture can help showcase WWT’s 75th anniversary celebrations to the local community and beyond.”
In 2018 children at Slimbridge Primary School were asked to come up with a concept for the roundabout, by creating designs that reflected what WWT meant to them. The two and three dimensional drawings – inspired by wetlands, were then entered into a competition. A pupil, aged 11, won with her fun design which incorporated a blend of natural wetland habitats, insects and bird species which can be spotted at Slimbridge.
MITC has supported WWT since 2017, with donations from Moto’s carrier bag income now totaling just over £100,000. Other projects have included the creation of a pocket park in Slough, and at Slimbridge the Shepherds Hut viewing enclosure and Mission Possible exhibit, presenting the Trust’s work to save water birds world-wide.
WWT is one of three charities chosen by The Times and The Sunday Times for their Christmas Appeal, and MITC is delighted to be able to match fund donations from this appeal up to the value of £25,000.