Groundwork

tree and roots
A commission to create a permanent artwork for a new public services building in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire for Cheshire West and Chester Council.

A programme of community engagement with the people of Ellesmere Port revealed their connections and pride in the town's historical connection to nature. Ellesmere Port grew up around the river Mersey at the entrance to the Ellesmere Canal and boasts oak trees older than the town itself. The town aims to be one of the first Net Zero Carbon industrial clusters,  linking clean and green growth and low carbon technologies.  Aspects of nature and woodland will inform the proposal for a permanent work to be installed in a newly constructed building located in the centre of the town.

Community engagement took several forms, respecting changing restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, and involving several local groups, including Little Sutton Women’s Institute Group, Action Transport Theatre Young Writers Group and Whitby Heath Primary School. Through workshops, meetings and mini projects, an overwhelming focus on the importance of the environment programme was brought to light.