Community project ‘captures hearts’ of Torquay residents

A community project has captured hearts of young and old in Chelston

A community project has captured hearts of young and old in Chelston - Credit: Archant

Residents were determined to continue with a community project despite Lockdown and now it has 'captured hearts'

Residents in Chelston, Torquay, have been making mini willow sculptures.

The idea began when a community project to create sculptures for parks was put on hold. Residents wanted to continue, and now woven willow hearts and stars are hanging in windows, on doors and around front gardens for all to enjoy on a daily walk.

Celebrate Chelston is designed to increase residents' pride in where they live and encourage people to take part in creative activities.

Part of Torbay Culture's Great Place Scheme and in partnership with Torbay Community Development Trust, it is one of several initiatives to improve people's wellbeing.

Project managers are Vik Westaway and Laura Carus. Over 200 mini willow sculpture kits have been sent in the post and instruction videos made available.

Vik said: 'We're building a sense of community and collective endeavour.'

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Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet member for Culture and Board member of Torbay Culture said: 'Celebrate Chelston has truly captured people's hearts.'