Following on from the 2012 Global Footprint project, Rushden and Higham School Cluster Council, consisting of 12 local Infant, Junior, Primary and Secondary schools working with local artist Terri Bett, created a new recycled boot sculpture.
The project has been supported by East Northants Council , Rushden and Higham Ferrers Town Councils.
Their brief was to make a sculpture that would join them together as a community and represent why they loved living in East Northants:
“As a cluster council, we decided to design a classic style Dr Marten boot using recycled materials. We did this to represent our local boot and shoe industry,” explained Cluster Council Chair Charlotte Read, aged 7, from South End Infant School.
The School Cluster Council organised a trip to the Dr Marten factory to see all the different types of iconic shoes and boots made in East Northants. Throughout the tour, the group found out that leather was their most used resource and they donated all sorts of waste materials and goodies to use in the finished product.
Participants also looked at the possibility of using household plastic waste collected alongside materials destined for landfill donated from the Phoenix Recycling Centre.
The sculptured boot toured several different venues throughout Higham Ferrers and Rushden, including Rushden Town Hall during Get to Know Rushden Week.
This article was written by School Cluster Council Members, supported by Jo Holmes (School Cluster Council Co-ordinator), Rushden Community College