Waldringfield Sand For Sculpture For Nature

We have donated six tonnes of sharp sand from Waldringfield Quarry to build a ‘Wall for Wildlife’ – part of an unusual project that engages local communities with their natural environment through art.

The ‘Sculpture for Nature’ project is run by Cobnuts, a Brightlingsea-based community arts co-operative who have been running a series of workshops with school, youth and community groups to create ceramic shelters for wildlife. These will be built into large outdoor sculptures in public gardens to provide habitats for a variety of mini-beasts and birds.

Project Co-ordinator, Susie Jenkins from Cobnuts Co-operative approached Brett for help in creating the first and largest ‘Sculpture for Nature’ – a wildlife wall, located at the RSPB’s Flatford Wildlife Garden. The wall will be traditionally built of flint and cob (made from sand, straw and clay subsoil) and will house hundreds of pottery wildlife shelters made by workshop participants.

Delivering the sand to the RSPB site at Flatford proved quite a challenge due to restricted access, but the team at Waldringfield found a workaround, delivering the material to nearby Brantham Mill, who were happy to help out.