Artwork to mark end of Stratford’s Plastic Challenge

An artwork made from throw-away plastic will be created in Stratford upon Avon’s Bancroft Gardens this weekend to mark the end of Transition Stratford’s Plastic Challenge. 

The Plastic Challenge, a two week programme through which people try to reduce the day-to-day plastic in their lives, was launched by sustainability group Transition Stratford on Saturday 12 May. In its first week people have collected the plastic coming home in their shopping baskets to see how much they are buying and where it comes from. In the second week, starting Saturday 19 May, people have been seeing what they can do to reduce this plastic.

And the plastic they have collected, together with other donated plastic, will be used to create a temporary artwork on the Bancroft Gardens this Saturday 26 May. Led by Shipston-based artist Matt Geden, the assembly of the artwork will start at 10.00 am and will be on display until the end of the afternoon, when it will dismantled and the plastic sorted for recycling.

In addition to the artwork, Transition Stratford will be running a stall providing information about plastic – where it comes from, how it’s used, and what happens when it’s thrown away – as well as about the Plastic Challenge itself. There will also be an information display about recycling by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, as well as information from Stratford Friends of the Earth and WEAVE, the Leamington-based creative recycling centre.