Post Lockdown nature transformation brightens up community

By Jill Dando News

An incredible post-Covid19 lockdown underpass nature transformation is brightening up the community for students and families.

Residents have been telling us about their delight at the sensational art transformation of two underpasses near the popular Priory Community School Academy (PCSA), part of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT).

The two underpasses have been lit up with stunning artwork including a bee, fox, squirrel and trees.

Inspirational artist Martin Darcy and his talented team of volunteers are halfway through painting the two underpasses.

Local resident Sue, who has lived locally for 25 years, said: “This is just amazing now. It’s such an improvement.”

Josephine, who has been part of the community for 167 years, said: “I think it is amazing – it brightens things up after the year we have had. I love it. It gives positivity. I’m very happy with this.”

The academy and TPLT is passionate about the environment, and wanted to bring together a project to look to the future post COVID-19 lockdown.

Their students and staff have helped the community in huge ways since the start of lockdown 18 months ago. In the summer, a DT teacher at the school won a prestigious UK award after helping to make nearly 5000 NHS face masks during Covid19.

Principal Angelos Markoutsas said: “We wanted our students and entire community to be able to enjoy visually outstanding underpasses.”

Martin, whose two children went to Priory, has done dozens of incredible artwork across Britain for many years.

He said: “It was an absolute honour and a privilege to create some post Covid lockdown artwork on these underpasses. 

“We wanted to celebrate nature, the environment and all that is good.”

TPLT also raises tens of thousands of pounds each year to help charities as part of its community and civic duty.

Neville Coles, CEO OF TPLT, said: “We are so excited to see these finished underpasses that will brighten up the community for so many people.

“Community and civic work is at the very heart of all we do at TPLT.” https://www.theplt.org.uk

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