New pathway at The Nettles to be unveiled

The Nettles, beside the River Slea in Sleaford. EMN-150311-170913001
The Nettles, beside the River Slea in Sleaford. EMN-150311-170913001

A new pathway and interpretation board at an open air arts area will be officially opened in Sleaford on Friday morning.

The small, invite only celebration at The Nettles will include local councillor David Suiter, members of the Nettles volunteer group which initiated the project and a representative from WREN which provided the funding. WREN is a not for profit business which awards grants to community, environment and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the landfill Communities Fund, Lincolnshire County Council’s Wildlife Grant, and artsNK.

Situated alongside the River Slea, near to Sleaford Leisure Centre, the Nettles is a public nature space, maintained and enhanced by The Nettles Volunteer Group. With the support of artsNK many plant species have been introduced, habitats for wildlife created and seating, mosaics, stone carvings and sculptures have been installed.

Marion Sander from artsNK said: “The Nettles is a much loved public space and the renewal and widening of the old limestone path along with the new interpretation board will ensure improved access to the site, enabling more people to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this distinctive place.”

The event will also mark the unveiling of the new interpretation board, illustrating everything that is special about and can be found at the Nettles. This has been designed by emerging artist and graduate of University of Lincoln, Hannah Edwards who worked closely with members of the Nettles Volunteer Group and artsNK to create the beautifully illustrated interpretation board.

Also underway at the site is a new mosaic seating area designed by members of Sleaford based group MosArt, which will be completed in spring 2016.

If you would like to discover more about The Nettles, or are interested in volunteering visit the facebook page: www.facebook.com/NettlesVolunteerGroup/