The campaign to create a statue of RSPB founder and eco pioneer Emily Williamson (1855-1936) is touring RSPB reserves around the country.
This will include a visit on Tuesday 17 August 2021 to the RSPB’s headquarters, The Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens, set in 220 hectares of Bedfordshire heathland.
Four sculptors have each created a beautiful design of a statue for Emily and the maquettes (miniature statues) will be on display at The Lodge. Visitors will be able to find out more about the project and vote for their favourite.
Andrew Simcock, Chair of the Emily Williamson Statue Committee, said:
“The public have already helped us to shortlist to the final four sculptors and I want to encourage as many people as possible to now vote for their favourite design.
“We want Emily’s statue to be representative of the people that it seeks to inspire and our tour of RSPB reserves will be a wonderful way of reaching and engaging with people to share her incredible story.
“It’s also a poignant reminder of the legacy that Emily helped to create, with over 200 reserves now just a part of the work of the RSPB, and it is only fitting that the RSPB’s headquarters should be part of the tour. I’m really looking forward to our afternoon at The Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens, a very special place offering a wonderful mix of wildlife and heritage.”
Andrew will be at The Lodge on Tuesday 17 August from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, all of the maquettes will be on display and there will be details of how to vote.
The Lodge’s facilities include a Wild Play Trail for children, four nature trails, a shop serving refreshments and a play area. All the information for planning a visit is here.
More information on the statutes and Emily Williamson can be found here.
Those that cannot make it to The Lodge can also vote online at www.emilywilliamsonstatue.com. Voting will be open until the end of October, with the final selected design to be announced in early November.
The campaign has a Crowdfunder to which donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emilywilliamson.