Going wild for weather

November 26 2014

A COMMUNITY weather station has been unveiled at the Resound centre in Blackhorse Road.

A COMMUNITY weather station has been unveiled at the Resound centre in Blackhorse Road.

A launch event saw residents exploring weather features with activities including creating a clous in a jar and creating weather measuring instruments.

It’s all part of a £10,000 community project as part of the housing development on the site of the former Blackhorse Day Centre.

Artist Penney Ellis was selected ahead of 25 rivals by South Gloucestershire Council and Cotswold Homes, which is building the Wildwood development.

Her project, dubbed Wildwood – Natural Neighbours, aims to encourage social engagement and a sense of responsibility for the local environment by providing opportunities for the community to explore, monitor and document their local ecology.

Penney, 43, a South African art graduate of Oxford Brookes University, plans a series of activities over the coming year, including workshops in schools and at Resound,

She said: “In addition to managing the weather station, I will be organising seasonal events at Resound, themed around the local ecology. Local experts and enthusiasts will be invited to share their knowledge on topics such as biodiversity and the local ecology.

“A host of wildlife adventures will take place from early spring for explorers of all ages to find out about birds, bugs, bats, trees, hedgerows, grasses and the amazing variety of life surrounding Wildwood.”

Terri Hayes-Pugh, who heads Cotswold Homes’ sales and marketing team, said: “This is an innovative and exciting project which we expect to evolve in a variety of ways as it gathers momentum. For instance, I hope that some of the owners of allotments adjacent to our development will involve themselves in it; after all, growing vegetables is so dependent on the weather!”