Prepare to be straw struck by sculptures

Artist Ruth Pigott, right, gears up for the mammoth task of creating an AgriSculpture from bales of hay with West Lindsey District Cllr Paul Howitt-Cowan and Uncle Henry's Farm shop manager Emma Ward. EMN-150826-072339001
Artist Ruth Pigott, right, gears up for the mammoth task of creating an AgriSculpture from bales of hay with West Lindsey District Cllr Paul Howitt-Cowan and Uncle Henry's Farm shop manager Emma Ward. EMN-150826-072339001
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Giant-sized straw sculptures will be appearing across West Lindsey this autumn in a unique celebration of our local heritage.

Local artists will be showcasing their talents by working with rural communities to create “AgriSculptures” that reflect the landscape.

The eye-catching countryside trail will feature 15 mammoth creations – including trains, trees and tractors – on farms and agricultural land around the district from
 Saturday, October 17, to Sunday, November 1.

“We are really excited about our AgriSculpture project,” said West Lindsey events co-ordinator Andy Deighton.

“It’s going to be a fantastic way to discover West Lindsey.

“We’re hoping our artistic 
efforts will attract residents and visitors to explore some of 
Lincolnshire’s hidden gems while at the same time learning about our farming industry and heritage.”

People will be able to find their own way around the trail either on foot, for those that are close together, or by other transport for those in more 
remote locations.

All the sculpture sites will be accessible and free of charge with easy parking and refreshments.

“The sculptures will be on display across the district from Blyton and Cabourne Parva east of Caistor to other diverse locations including the Lincolnshire Showground,” said prosperous communities committee chairman Coun Owen Bierley.

“At each site there will be an information point explaining where the materials have come from and where they will go next, so visitors will know the story of how each sculpture was made.”

And the creative project has been a collaborative one, with The Lincolnshire 
Agricultural Society, Lincolnshire Young Farmers, The 
National Farmers Union and the 
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service all giving help and advice on the trail.

Full details of the Agrisculpture Trail including a list of all the sites will be available on the West Lindsey District Council website.

Alternatively, email agrisculpture@west-lindsey.gov.uk or call Andy Deighton on 01427 675136.

There will also be a dedicated trail website, launching soon at www.agrisculpture.co.uk