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DEPUTY LABOUR LEADER HARRIET HARMAN OPENS COMMA PROJECT IN NEW FERRY


22 April 2012 

“Artists will invigorate empty shop space in New Ferry.
New Ferry Butterfly Park hopes to encourage local residents to get planting.”


New Ferry Butterfly Park has recently been awarded an Empty Shops Fund grant by Wirral Council in order to encourage the use of vacant shop premises for creative activity to reinvigorate our town centre and help economic recovery. The park's volunteers also wish to raise awareness of the beautiful 5 acre nature reserve we have in New Ferry, behind the Aldi store. It is hoped that raising awareness will promote local planting through the media of art.

New Ferry Butterfly park currently has 26 species of butterflies with 16 breeding on site. Carol Ramsay, Project Manger of The Comma Project thinks there is no reason why in the future, New Ferry can’t have enough butterfly attracting plants within its open spaces to attract many more butterflies to the area. Maybe one day New Ferry could become a town of biodiversity, a Butterfly Town.

‘Comma’ is our
Community Arts Project, which will run for six months inside the former Runners Sports Shop which closed recently.  Artists will be producing artwork about, for and with the local community, around the creation of 6 mini residencies (4 weeks each between May – Sept).  Each residency proposal is nature/environment based and has an emphasis on interaction, so the park's volunteers would like the people of New Ferry to feel a part of this project.

Carol Ramsay, Project Manager of The Comma Project said: “I'm on the lookout for new volunteers, perhaps local people who have visited the Butterfly Park in the past but maybe not been involved before. We need volunteers to help staff the shop. It would be really great to be able to have both spaces open to the public as often as possible."

The project was officially opened on Friday 20th April by the deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, MP.  Watch the YouTube film below of the opening event.


For further details on how to volunteer please email Carol Ramsay on cazramsay@hotmail.com .

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You can also follow Carol’s blog about the project at:
http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/1838820

 

 



     
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