If you have walked through Cinderford recently then you may have noticed some new additions.
A series of six artworks has been installed to mark the existing Town Trail route, providing symbolic clues to some of the past industrial and cultural activity across the town. The work was commissioned by the Cinderford Regeneration Board and the Forest of Dean District Council. The trail and new sculptures are the culmination of several years work to make real connections between local young people and the Regeneration of Cinderford, led by the Real Ideas Organisation (www.realideas.org).
Each design was specifically influenced by the imaginative ideas from a group of former pupils at Littledean C of E Primary School when they were asked to researchthe history and culture of Cinderford. The trail follows some of the discoveries that these young people made and is designed to share the treasures that they uncovered with other children, families, residents and visitors. The route is a three-mile circuit along which you will experience some of the rich heritage of Cinderford.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairman of the Cinderford Regeneration Board said: “This project forms part of Cinderford’s Regeneration and although it’s just a small part of what we’re trying to achieve, it has taken a lot of hard work and of course, the brilliant imaginations of the local children who helped design the pieces.
“The end result is stunning and already people have been telling us how much they like the artworks. They are there for everybody to enjoy and I am sure that when you encounter these unique sculptures you’ll pause for thought just as I did.”
Join us for the launch event on Sunday 5th August
Artists Scott Farlow and Steve Joyce will lead a walk around the route, introducing the new artworks and describing the journey from design right through to installation. Please meet Scott and the team at Cinderford Library at 1pm. The walk should take approximately 2 hours.
You can of course make your own way around the trail on the day.
Disabled users are advised to check the route for ease of access.
Of course, if you’d like to venture out ahead of the launch and you want to learn a little more about the town trail please see the council’s Regeneration web pages