Amble flying high with bird sculpture trail
Amble is celebrating being awarded a £396,000 grant to develop a coastal bird sculpture trail.
The project known as Bord Waalk was initiated by Amble Development Trust, and aims to create several artist-developed sculptures and installations at points along the coastline between Hauxley Nature Reserve, around Amble and along the river to Warkworth.
The project was awarded the grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, and is one of only 26 other projects in England to receive funding.
Julia Aston, director of Amble Development Trust said, “This is fantastic news. It will aid the continuing regeneration of the town and build upon what has been achieved so far. We are aiming this to be a unique experience and become a trail of national significance. We will be inviting artists to submit designs and concepts in the near future.
“We are hoping Bord Waalk will enhance visitors’, walkers’ and bird enthusiasts’ experience of the Amble area. There is planning permission for 22 sites, but not all will be physical sculptures. Some will be virtual reality, some might be audio, it really all depends on the artists and the ideas we get back.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP for Berwick, who had supported the bid said “I am so thrilled that the Amble bid for funding from the Coastal Communities Fund to set up the Bord Waalk has been successful. I cant wait to see it all come to life!”
The project estimates creating 45 full time equivalent jobs and training opportunities, and 10 rehabilitation roles, as well as redesigning public realm spaces.