COMMISSIONED bee sculpture creations for the North Notts Nectar Trail are now in the wings, as the chosen artists prepare to put paint to recycled plastic ahead of the trail’s launch on 2 April.

The Nectar Trail is brought to the area by North Notts BID in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Charity. The three partners are now calling for local businesses to sponsor individual sculptures – with the entire proceeds being donated towards the hospitals charitable trust.

The 30 bee sculptures across North Nottinghamshire aim to celebrate positive character traits, educate about the importance of bees and how people can take action to protect the natural environment.

Sally Gillborn, chief executive at North Notts BID, said: “We’ve had an overwhelming response to the trail design competition on social media, with a fantastic swarm of 41 entries submitted in total. We’re delighted with our final chosen 30, which we cannot wait to see adorning plinths at hotspots across our North Nottinghamshire towns.

“The trail is a great platform to showcase North Nottinghamshire’s creative and enterprising talents, reaching visitors from the region and beyond, and we strongly encourage local businesses to take advantage of this fantastic sponsorship opportunity.”

Cllr Jo White, cabinet member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “We’re delighted to support this project that will showcase some of the diverse artistic talent we have in North Nottinghamshire, as well as it raising valuable funds for our local hospital.

“It has been a tough time for our local businesses and our high streets, and I hope the Nectar Trail will give a boost for businesses whilst providing some enjoyment and entertainment for the public as they follow the trail.”

Suzy Brain England OBE, chair of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this campaign. Given the two years we have gone though, a splash of colour and artistry on our streets seems just the right tonic as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Best of all, some of the funds raised by the Nectar Trail will enhance the new Emergency Village at Bassetlaw Hospital. Alongside this state-of-the-art facility, the additional resources we receive will be put towards those extras and comforts to improve the patient and staff experience.

“It will help us on our journey to take this service from good, to outstanding. Please get involved in support of this wonderful scheme and enable us to go above and beyond for our local communities.”

Following the growing interest of the trail on social media, businesses are now encouraged to come forward and sponsor a sculpture on behalf of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Charitable Trust.

The Nectar Trail is part-funded in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council through HM Government’s Welcome Back Fund, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information or to sign up for a sponsorship package