Solar panelled tree to be built in Brislington
AN eye-catching piece of public art is to be built on land in Brislington over the summer.
A tree with metal branches and solar panels for leaves is to be "planted" on a piece of common land at The Rock, off School Road.
As well as being a piece of art, the sculpture will also create electricity for a nearby plant nursery.
Money for the £10,000 scheme was raised through a website which allows people to make small donations to public schemes. Work can now go ahead after enough cash was raised to fund it.
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It will provide energy for the nearby Edible Futures nursery, a community food project, producing enough electricity to power an irrigation system.
A spokesman for the nursery said: "As well as being a bit of fun, this is also very much an educational project, where the local community will come together.
"Local people will work together in workshops to build the solar PV panels that will form the leaves of the tree. In doing so, we aim to further our community's understanding of energy and energy systems, as well as irrigation systems and growing our own food.
"It is only through an understanding of energy and food systems that our communities can become resilient and self sufficient, which is imperative given growing food and energy costs."
The fundraising campaign was run by campaign group Demand Energy Equality, using website www.peoplefund.it.