Bloom project will honour Garstang’s war heroes

Brownies at Salina's workshop
Brownies at Salina's workshop

Community groups and a local artist are working together to ensure Garstang has a lasting floral tribute to WWI war heroes and its famous status as a flower filled town.

Backing has come from numerous community and business supporters, as well as Garstang In Bloom, to enable local artist Salina Somalya to lead a series of community workshops with groups ranging from local Brownies to the WI and Sainsbury’s staff.

Entitled “Commemorating our Heroes, Celebrating our Blooms”, Salina said the project,which will culminate in November 2015 with the planting of a sunflower and poppy sculpture,will produce art for the benefit of both Garstang residents and visitors to the town.

Salina said: “The new sculptural artwork will be designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and its heroes together with the Golden (50th) anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).”

“The RHS are symbolising their anniversary with beautiful sunflowers and poppies are a constant reminder of our heroes.

“The sculptural artwork will be a curvilinear trail of these flowers created from metal and acrylic, set against the backdrop off the ‘Mound’ at the top of Garstang High Street. “They will be ‘planted’ for the Garstang community, by the Garstang community, highlighting these significant events.”

Salina has worked for more than a decade, creating artworks in metal for interiors and exteriors.

Her most recent works include a sculpture at Gisburn Forest celebrating 50 years of the Forest of Bowland’ and the Sherriff 10K trophy.