Wirral Met Engineering department

Many thanks to the technical support provided by Wirral Met engineering department to my small business, I have been able to successfully deliver a large scale creative project in conjunction with Wirral Environmental Network, Wirral Unplugged, Wirral Wildlife, University of Liverpool, Wirral EcoSchools and Friends of Parks Groups through Wirral Council’s CVF Renewal Grant Fund (community, voluntary and faith).

I have thirty years of experience of working with recycled materials to create one of a kind craftwork. The aim of the project was to create large scale outdoor pieces to reflect the biodiversity in Wirral Parks and to encourage greater awareness of the plants and pollinators amongst children and families linked into the education programme as a result of the council’s “no mow May” initiative. 

Without the technical skill of the staff of the engineering department within the college and the support of some of the students, it would not have been possible to achieve the scale required. Several students including Nathan Burke, Albie Mitchell, Keegan Williams and Jamie Whelan and lecturer, Declan Montgomery and technician, John Harris have supported the construction of nine artworks. It has been invaluable to be able to work with the whole engineering team who have adapted, not only to working with recycled materials but to working with an intuitive artist with drawings and maquettes that challenged the precision of a engineering blueprint. The collaboration with the department was a pleasure and I am very grateful to the team for the welcome, encouragement and technical support they have provided. 

And I have signed up to do a welding night class in September! Rosie the Riveter here I come.

Student helping with the project