A local cause has put out a call for help as it works on a project ahead of the upcoming UCI world cycling championships.
Thorne based Trust22: The Andrew Lake Trust is asking the public to donate empty plastic bottles so that they can be used to create a huge piece of land art that can be seen from the air.
It is hoped the art work will be visible to helicopter television crews as they follow the two UCI world road races that will be passing through Thorne on Friday 27 September.
The ambitious design for the land art incorporates a cyclist in the five UCI colours of blue, red, black, yellow and green.
Amie Knott, Trust 22’s founder, says thousands of bottles are needed for the project and is asking for plastic drinks bottles, milk bottles (rinsed) and carrier bags.
By using plastics for the project, Trust22 also aims to highlight the need to recycle plastic waste and reduce our plastic use.
Amie said: “Since organising litter picks, the impact of plastic on our community has become more and more evident. Plastics, particularly those that are single-use, have a limited amount of recycle potential and will eventually end up in our environment, water supply and food chain. We are collecting the plastic over a short time frame of four weeks to highlight just how much we use as a community, and to encourage residents to reuse where possible.
“We are encouraging local children’s groups and crafters to take the plastic once the event has taken place and use it to build some long-lasting art of their own. It would be great if we could stop the majority of this plastic going to landfill.
“If you can volunteer some time to help us create this piece the week before please get in touch.”
Amie added: “This is our chance to show off Thorne and Moorends on the world stage.”
Trust 22 are meeting on Wednesday 4 September, 6.00-7.00pm, at the Assembly Rooms, Thorne. Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome to go along. You can contact Trust22 through their website, their Facebook page, or by calling 07525 755835
For UCI related content, see also: www.thornetimes.co.uk/organisers-unveil-world-cycle-race-timings