Festival of Nature and M&S join forces to spark something good for Bristol

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As part of the M&S Spark Something Good campaign, volunteers will join the Festival of Nature on Saturday June 11 to make a river flow from source to sea through the heart of Bristol.

Ten M&S volunteers will spend the morning creating a 200 metre chalk river, mapping the festival route and depicting the river’s journey from source to sea. Its source will be in Anchor Square and it will flow all the way to Lloyd’s Amphitheatre where it will join the harbour.

The complete river will guide visitors through the site, leading them through habitats from pop-up woodlands to wild wetlands via an urban jungle, all represented by a host of organisations and activities.

In the afternoon the M&S volunteers will invite everybody to get involved and get creative. Members of the public will be able to grab some chalk and help to fill in the river; adding fish, boats, plants or other water-inspired creations, using stencils kindly donated by Cass Art Bristol. M&S has donated the chalk, also supplied by Cass Art.

Festival of Nature Chief Executive Savita Custead said: “We hope the river will inspire people to learn more about the River Avon and the many ways they can connect with nature in their area. We’re delighted to be one of only 24 projects chosen for the Bristol Spark Something Good campaign, and excited to see a further week of volunteering that will positively impact projects at the heart of local communities.”

Bristol was selected as the next city to host an M&S Spark Something Good event as part of the retailer’s commitment to Big Green Week. From Saturday June 11 to Friday June 17 June, Spark Something Good will form a focal point of Big Green Week with M&S employees and customers coming together to donate their time to improving local community spaces.

To join us at the Festival of Nature and help create the chalk river, sign up on the dedicated website, www.neighbourly.com/mandsvolunteer. Volunteers can also sign up for Spark Something Good Bristol by calling 0117 915 1279.

Spark Something Good is part of Plan A, M&S’s ground-breaking eco and ethical programme. It was developed following extensive research and dialogue which revealed that getting involved in community projects enhanced people’s lives. M&S aims to spark Bristol residents into action by showing just what can be achieved when people come together united by a common goal.