Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Eycott Hill

Prism Arts have teamed up with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to deliver art workshops inspired by Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

Schools groups including St Herbert’s CE Primary in Keswick, Greystoke Primary and Penruddock Primary, people from Amy’s Care and the Edington Centre Media Group have been visiting the site and developing stories from their discoveries.

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“Collaboration and sharing of ideas is a really important part of this project. Once the children have written their story it will be passed on to a group of adults from the Edington Centre in Penrith who will develop the ideas and create an animated film. We are delighted to be working on this exciting project with Cumbria Wildlife Trust”, said Ali McCaw from Prism Arts.

Hunting for mini beasts, delving into the sites geological past helped the children to draw out ideas and dream up creative characters, which were then transformed into stories and animated by the Edington Centre Media Group.

Working with Haltwhistle Film Projects, the Edington Centre Media Group learnt how to use blue screens, voice characters, and stop motion techniques in order to bring the footage to life.

The arts programme will run until December 2019 and is part of a larger programme of access and restoration work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Located between Keswick and Penrith, near to the village of Mungrisdale, Eycott Hill is 216 hectares of exceptionally rich wildlife habitat and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for both its biology and its geology. A five year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund will restore a mosaic of habitats for the benefit of wildlife and improve access to the site for people.

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