Artist’s painting of Newstead Abbey to boost new eco centre

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A PAINTING by Hucknall artist Hedley Carrington is to be auctioned to raise money for the groundbreaking eco-friendly visitor-centre at the newly-created Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

The piece captures the Dispatch district’s premier tourist attraction, Newstead Abbey.

It shows the orangery, the tomb of Lord Byron’s dog, Boatswain, and the historic West Front in the background.

It was originally donated to be sold at the Headstock music festival on the country park, which has been created on the former Newstead Colliery site.

But now those involved in the visitor-centre project are hoping the painting can do a tour of local council offices to increase interest and encourage bidding.

Hedley said: “Those involved in the country park and the visitor centre are all volunteers and are doing a wonderful job. I just want to do my bit.”

Mick Leivers is heavily involved with the project to create the country park.

He is also the founder of the Newstead-based Cornerstone Angling Skills Training (CAST) project, which aims to engage with hard-to-reach young people through fishing.

“This is a wonderful gesture from Hedley,” said Mick. “It is a lovely painting. If I had some spare cash, I would like to own it myself.”

OUR PHOTO shows Hedley (right) presenting the painting to Mick Leivers and Lesley Flanders, a project officer with CAST.