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Hidden Lands unveiled at Milton Creek Country Park


Tuesday 4 October 2022

The Deputy Mayor of Swale unveiled three new sculpture benches at Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne, as part of Ideas Test’s Hidden Lands project, inspired by designs from the local community.

Hidden Lands, a co-commissioned project from Idea’s Test and Creative Estuary, worked with a community panel to choose artist Patrick Walls to create three stone benches. Each bench feature designs created workshops at the park and with Year 6 pupils from Regis Manor Primary School and members of the public.

Lynda Marshall from The Friends of Milton Creek said:

“The benches are lovely and will make a valuable addition to the Park as they will last for many years. They are replacing some of our original carved logs that are now coming to the end of their life and returning to nature.”

Hidden Land Project Manager, Faye Thorley said:

“Community and collaboration have played an integral role in the Hidden Lands project, driving every step of the decision process. It has been a joy to work with Pat, the community partners and community participants, who all share a similar vision of creating unity, and opportunity whilst celebrating Sittingbourne’s natural environment. The finished results are stunning and will be enjoyed by the local people for years to come. They can’t help but put a smile on one’s face! A big thank you to everyone involved.”

Hidden Lands Project Manager, Faye Thorley
Mayor of Swale, Cllr Sarah Stephens, during the unveiling of the Hidden Lands stone benches