Wildlife inspires new mosaic welcoming visitors to Honiton nature reserve

A wildlife-inspired mosaic has been created to welcome visitors to a popular nature reserve in Honiton.

Local artists worked with schoolchildren and the district council to create the piece at The Glen.

It features the names of plants and animals native to the beauty spot, along with the site’s iconic bridge and stream.

It is hoped that the vibrant new welcome sign will encourage people to experience this lovely hidden treasure of a park with its flowing river, varied wildlife and winding woodland pathways – EDDC

The sign was designed by Artstormproject artists Lucy Rockliffe and Jess Carvill, who were inspired by the wildlife and natural setting of the nature reserve.

Individual stoneware ceramic mosaic pieces were custom-made for the panel by Lucy and Jess, who also used glass tesserae and coloured factory produced tiles which were cut to size.

The new mosaic at The Glen in Honiton. Picture: EDDC

The new mosaic at The Glen in Honiton. Picture: EDDC

The artists spent a day in Honiton Primary School pupils in the autumn and taught them how to prepare and position the mosaic pieces.

“It is hoped that the vibrant new welcome sign will encourage people to experience this lovely hidden treasure of a park with its flowing river, varied wildlife and winding woodland pathways,” said an East Devon District Council  spokesperson.

I am pleased that the next generation, at Honiton Primary School, are now more aware of The Glen and what it has to offer, by producing this fantastic welcome sign – Cllr Dean Barrow

Councillor Dean Barrow, ward member for Honiton St Paul’s, added:

“The Glen is an important green space near the centre of Honiton, which is easily accessible all-year-round.

“It is valued by many residents of the town for its easy access and tranquil setting.

“I am pleased that the next generation, at Honiton Primary School, are now more aware of The Glen and what it has to offer, by producing this fantastic welcome sign.”

The new mosaic at The Glen in Honiton.

The new mosaic at The Glen in Honiton. Picture: EDDC

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