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New mural to celebrate Cherry Hinton Brook – one of Cambridge’s rare chalk streams – to be installed at Sainsbury’s





A mural that celebrates one of Cambridge’s chalk streams is to be installed outside a supermarket.

A collaboration between the Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook (FCHB), Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane and Rowan - the Cambridge arts centre and forest school for adults with learning disabilities - the artwork will be unveiled near the front entrance of the store at 11.30am on Monday, November 27.

Cherry Hinton Brook restoration work by Sainsbury's in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, in 2015. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook
Cherry Hinton Brook restoration work by Sainsbury's in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, in 2015. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook

Artist Chris Deane worked with student artists at Rowan to create the 2.7m high by 3.7m wide mural featuring wildlife that lives in and around Cherry Hinton Brook, which flows between the two parts of the store car park.

Cherie Evans, CEO of Rowan Humberstone, said: “Rowan is very pleased to have been commissioned to produce this mural. It has been a real community effort over the last year, resulting in an exciting view of the wildlife around the brook – much of which is rarely seen. Well done to our artists who collaborated to produce this outstanding mural under the guidance of in-house artist Chris Deane.”

Sue Wells, chair of FCHB, added: “Cherry Hinton Brook must be unique in that, although it is in a city, at the right season, you can have a close-up view of a water vole - one of Britain’s protected and rarest species - or watch the brilliant colours of a kingfisher as it flashes by. We have to protect such a special place.”

Restoration work on Cherry Hinton Brook in 2022 by Daws Lane. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook
Restoration work on Cherry Hinton Brook in 2022 by Daws Lane. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook

Ahead of the unveiling, FCHB is organising a volunteer litter pick at Cherry Hinton Brook on Sunday, November 26. VIsit https://friendsofcherryhintonbrook.org.uk/ if you would like to join the effort.

A litterpick by Cherry Hinton Brook. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook
A litterpick by Cherry Hinton Brook. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook

Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane store manager Jeff Ireson said: “We’re delighted to support this fantastic project celebrating Cherry Hinton Brook, an amazing example of biodiversity right on our doorstep. I hope the local community is as pleased with the finished result as we are and I’d like to thank everyone involved in its creation for their amazing work. We look forward to displaying the mural for years to come.”

Funding was provided by a public art grant from Cambridge City Council, with a contribution from Sainsbury’s.

The Cherry Hinton Brook sign in Daws Lane. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook
The Cherry Hinton Brook sign in Daws Lane. Picture: Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook

Chalk streams are internationally rare habitats, supporting a diverse ecosystem. There are only about 200 of them in the world, and 85 per cent of those are in the UK, mostly in the south and south east of England.

But there has been significant concern about their health because of over-abstraction of water to provide supplies for homes and the impacts of climate change.



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