Tour de Yorkshire land art completed in Catterick Garrison

Land art produced by the community in Catterick Garrison for the 2018 race.

Thousands of plastic bottles have been recycled into a massive work of art to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire’s visit to Catterick Garrison this weekend.

Local people, community groups, schoolchildren and businesses joined forces to turn the bottles into flowers to create a replica of the Catterick Rose at the Garrison Stadium.

It has taken around three weeks for the volunteers to collect and recycle the bottles and then paint them red, white and gold.

“This project has brought everyone together for the first time – we have the communities of Catterick, Hipswell, Scotton and Colburn all working to make the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire very special,” said Chairman of Richmondshire District Council – and Colburn ward member – Councillor Angie Dale.

“We have recycled thousands of these bottles – children from Colburn, Le Cateau, Wavell, Hipswell and, St Mary’s Schools and the White Rabbit After School Club have all been busy with one school alone making 900 flowers.

‘And they won’t just be used for this event. We plan to use them at Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day to create a sea of poppies.”

She said the community groups have also sewn around six miles of bunting, and painted bikes yellow and blue, to line the cyclist’s route through the Garrison.

There will also be land art at Phoenix House and at the sports pitch between Richmond and Catterick.

Stage three of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire leaves Richmond for Scarborough at 1.10pm on Saturday with the riders travelling through Catterick on their way to Leyburn.