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Students ensure the dodo lives on

THE dodo may be dead but certainly won’t be forgotten thanks to the efforts of some CTC Kingshurst Academy sixth formers.

THE dodo may be dead but certainly won’t be forgotten thanks to the efforts of some CTC Kingshurst Academy sixth formers.

The creative students are putting the finishing touches to a memorial to the extinct bird, which will be one of the focal points of Alice in Biodiversity Land – Solihull Council’s entry at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live show.

The memorial has been made from recycled drinks cans and will stand a metre high.

The dodo was an appropriate creature to celebrate, not only because it was a character in Alice in Wonderland, but also because it is a creature that has been wiped out by man, highlighting the need to maintain biodiversity.

This is particularly apt given that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.

The students who made the feature were given one week to come up with some designs for the memorial, from which a winner was chosen by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Norman Davies.

Local artist Craig White then helped the group create their masterpiece, first making a wire structure before covering it in two lorry loads of recycled cans, cut to the shape of feathers.

The cans were collected and delivered to the school by Enterprise - one of the garden’s sponsors. They will also be on site at the NEC to help the Council’s Environment Champions physically build the plot.

The finished piece is sure to be spectacular, so make sure you come along to the show to see it for yourselves!

Every week the Solihull News is giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Gardeners’ World Live show to see Alice in Biodiversity Land and the other gardens in the show. To be a winner this week, just answer this question: What animal have the Kingshurst Academy students made a memorial to?

The show runs at the NEC from June 16-20.

 

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