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2020VISION in The National Forest

Friday, 22nd March 2013

2020VISION Exhibition

The stunning 2020VISION street gallery exhibition has arrived in Swadlincote, after months of planning. It is a privilege to have worked with all our partners to bring it here. South Derbyshire District Council, the National Trust at Calke Abbey and our local sponsor H K Wentworth Limited have all worked enthusiastically with us to make this most of this brilliant opportunity.

At the reception to welcome the roadshow to The National Forest – initially in The Delph Market Square, Swadlincote, then for three weeks at Calke Abbey - Pete Cairns of 2020VISION spoke about why they had wanted The National Forest to be part of the project.

“We wanted to include The National Forest because of the level of your ambition, and because people are at the heart of what you are doing. An environmentally-led regeneration project working over 200 square miles, with a population of over 200,000 people, is quite exceptional!

“When I first came to talk to people here I was taken aback by the scale of what you are doing. The National Forest is an inspiration to other initiatives up and down the country.”

Sophie Churchill spoke with many of the guests at the launch event. “I think people are quite moved to see this exceptional project sit so well and happily here in Swadlincote. We were convinced we wanted to bring 2020VISION and its important messages about the natural world and our interaction with it, to as wide a public in The National Forest as possible.

“To see shoppers and workers pause and look at these breathtaking pictures, and take a moment to place The National Forest alongside other headier-named places such as Kinder Scout, the Great Fens, the Cairngorms, is what we wanted to achieve.  We have already heard of groups coming back a second time and seen people of all ages pausing and admiring the amazing quality of the images.

“And when the roadshow goes on to Calke Abbey, a whole range of other people, at their leisure, perhaps out for a walk, will see the 2020VISION message thanks to the impact of this inspiring exhibition.”

2020VISION is at The Delph Market Square, Swadlincote, until 7 April, and then at Calke Abbey from 10 – 29 April. Accompanying the exhibition are activity trails for children, downloadable here for Key Stage 1 (ages 5 - 7 years) and here for Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11 years), a beautiful hardback book and postcards for sale, and an evening of anecdote and inspiration in the company of four of the 2020VISION photographers on Wednesday 24 April in the Riding School at Calke Abbey.

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