The 30 winning artworks were chosen from more than 130 submissions. They represent some of the county’s most inspirational plants from Sir Isaac Newton’s iconic apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor in south Lincolnshire to field scabious and common poppy found on verges and meadows across the county.
Lincspirational Light Show set to light up Lincolnshire’s plants
Alongside the artwork, haikus inspired by plants and written by children will be also projected. The light show is being orchestrated by the Different Light Collective with accompanying music inspired by nature and recorded by Sinfonia Viva.
Anne Jenkins, Director Midlands and East, National Lottery Heritage Fund says:
“Landscapes and nature form the bedrock of our culture and heritage, improving wellbeing, sparking curiosity, and protecting and providing for the community’s surrounding and inhabiting them. National Lottery players have highlighted natural heritage as especially important, which is why we are proud to have supported the LoveLincsPlants project highlighting the value of nature to all our daily lives”.
Aidan Neary, LoveLIncsPlants Project Officer says:
“It’s been a privilege to celebrate the joy of plants with volunteers across Lincolnshire. Together we have created a new scientific archive of pressed plants and introduced a new generation to the world of botany. This light show of art, poetry and music celebrates all that we have achieved”.
Lincspirational Plants Light Shows
The events are free, open to all and there is no need to book.
St.Botolph’s Church, Boston
Friday 8 October, 6pm – 8.30pm
See the Light Show projected at Boston’s iconic building - The Stump.
Alongside the Lincspirational Plants Light Show there will be illuminations in the church and an opportunity to meet the people behind the project.
The café will be open.
Banovallum House, Horncastle
Saturday 9 October, 6pm – 9pm
Sit, relax and enjoy the show from the wildflower meadow at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust headquarters.
Bring a blanket.
No parking, please park in the town.
In addition, the Sir Joseph Banks Centre Museum will be open to visitors from 10am – 9pm. There will be an exhibition of the Lincspirational Plant Artworks and refreshments will be available.
Boultham Park, Lincoln
Saturday 23 October, 5.30pm – 7.30pm (postponed from Saturday 2 October)
Enjoy the spectacle from the newly restored landscape of Boultham Park.
Alongside the Lincspirational Plants Light Show there will be a light parade with children from Sir Francis Hill Primary School, park illuminations and live music from Sinfonia Viva.
Bring a blanket and enjoy the spectacle.
Food vans available.
Lincspirational Plants Artwork Auction
All 130 artworks submitted as part of the project will be available to buy via an online auction.
The 30 winning competition pieces start at £40 (+p&p). Other entrant artwork starts at £20 (+p&p). The auction runs from 1 October to 31 October at www.jumblebee.co.uk/lincspirationalplantsauction
Money raised from the sale will help fund nature’s recovery in Lincolnshire and help the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust create wildflower rich habitats across the county.
The LoveLincsPlants Project is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union, Sir Joseph Banks Society and the University of Lincoln. With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it aims to preserve Lincolnshire’s botanical heritage and inspire and train future botanists.