News MBC celebrating the environment with Shaun the Sheep

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One of Maidstone Borough Council’s (MBC) Shaun the Sheep Sculptures – ‘Flock to Maidstone’ is helping to celebrate the environment this week.

The free art trail ‘Shaun in the Heart of Kent’ project has been brought to the County Town by Heart of Kent Hospice with MBC supporting it as Presenting Partner.

The trail is in place until 30 August and celebrates a different theme every week with the first being ‘Environment Week’ between 6-12 July. During this time the spotlight will be on Shaun Sculptures that have connections to the environment, nature and how we can all appreciate the natural world.

There are 109 individual artworks in key locations around Maidstone. Several of the sculptures are linked to the environment and include ‘Biodiversity,’ Hive Talking,’ ‘Cherry’ and ‘Wander, Marvel & Adore’.

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to get involved in various ways including organising a community litter pick, planting wildflowers and taking part in the plastic-free month throughout July.

The fabulous public art trail has 51 large uniquely designed sheep sculptures and small flocks placed around the town, riverside walks, parks and public buildings to delight and surprise all who see them.

Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, Cllr Stuart Jeffery, said:

“It is great to see the fabulous Shaun in the Heart of Kent art trail celebrating the environment this week. A subject very close to my heart and there are so many different ways we can get involved.

“The sculptures are so colourful and are bringing so much colour and happiness around the town, in our parks and along the riverside. It is a great way to discover so much about the history of Maidstone whist finding and enjoying the Shaun’s.  I will certainly be taking time to take part in the trail and appreciate all that our amazing County Town has to offer.”

A free trail map and app have been designed to help everyone find all the Shaun’s and take part in the fun art trail. Both can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Or people can pick up a map from key locations around the town centre including Shaun HQ in Fremlin Walk or Shaun’s Baa-rn in the Mall.

MBC large Shaun’s are ‘Unearthing Iggy’, located in Maidstone Museum’s courtyard and ‘Flock to Maidstone’ which can found outside the Town Hall in Jubilee Square.

Other themes celebrated during the project include Culture Week 13-19 July, History Week 20-26 July, Family Fun Week 27 July-2 August, Wellbeing Week 3-9 August and Creativity Week 10-16 August.

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