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Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s sculpture trail to get a first direct refresh thanks to volunteers #InternationalVolunteerDay

05 Dec 2018

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is set to refresh its sculpture trail, a much-loved area of the Park, with significant support from first direct bank.
As part of its community and society activities, first direct has provided funding, totaling £14,300 for this important project, with employees helping to bring the project to life via long-term volunteering support.
The sculpture trail, a two-acre area of land near YSP Learning, leads visitors to popular sculptures including Octopus by Marialuisa Tadei and Nigel Hall’s Crossing via a weaving pathway surrounded by trees. The area is popular with families and vulnerable visitors due to its more contained nature, compared with the wide, open spaces found across the rest of the historic Bretton Estate.
first direct volunteers are carrying out work to improve access and the appearance of the sculpture trail, including: introducing sensory plants, such as lavender and basil; constructing additional pathways; building raised beds; clearing invasive bamboo; and reintroducing hornbeam to form a decorative ‘viaduct’ hedge to hide unsightly recycling bins.
The refurbishment of the sculpture trail, and funding from first direct, is also supporting an associated wellbeing programme, providing therapeutic benefits through creative and horticultural opportunities. This project will support adults with lived experience of mental ill health and women at risk who are accessing the services of women’s centres.
Joe Gordon, Head of first direct, who recently volunteered on the project, said: “We’re focused on supporting our local communities, and we’re very proud to be able to offer hands-on support to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with this hugely valuable initiative. To be able to see the difference our funding and volunteers are making is hugely rewarding.”
Gemma Adams, YSP’s Head of Development, said: “YSP welcomes half a million visitors every year, which can cause significant wear and tear on our historic landscape. As an independent registered charity, finding the resources to maintain all 500 acres can be tough so we’re extremely grateful to first direct and its employees for their ongoing volunteering support which will refurbish a much-loved area of the Park and have a significant impact on visitor experience.”
This project builds on YSP’s ongoing relationship with first direct, which has previously included corporate volunteering days, and is due for completion in autumn/winter 2019.
Notes to Editors
About first direct

first direct provides mobile banking, online and telephone services to its 1.42m customers and offers a full range of personal banking products including its multi-award winning current account and mortgages. It’s been recognised as being a pioneer of amazing customer service by numerous independent third parties including The Competition and Markets Authority, Which?, Moneywise, Moneyfacts and Moneysavingexpert.com. As well as its Facebook page, first direct uses social media to engage with customers through sites like YouTube and Twitter.
About first direct’s Community Charity Fund
Project funding is available to all first direct employees who want to initiate a project with a registered charity or school in their community. The project needs to have strong opportunities for employee volunteering, along with a lasting positive impact on the community, and the project focus needs to support vulnerable people.

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first direct volunteers. Courtesy first direct. Photo Graham Martin

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Marialuisa Tadei, Octopus, 2011. Courtesy the artist and YSP. Photo Jim Varney

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Nigel Hall, Crossing (Horizontal), 2006. Courtesy the artist. © Jonty Wilde

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